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Familiar Faces - New Economic Development Manager - Aimée O’Grady Heather Stinson Explains Rooftops and Retail
Fauquier Health - Paramedic Colleen Shanney Receives Mercy Award
Let’s Talk Business - Hiking with Dogs Dr. John Rethman Have fun, be alert and take precautions
Exploring the Science of ADHD Information and resources for parents.
Furry Friends - Charlotte Wagner Nutrition for your Nibbler
What’s Up Warrenton Social Skills for Today’s Youth - Kathleen Geneva Building a strong foundation for success & confidence
Discovered History - John T. Toler When Tractors Roamed: Wayland Corner Feeding Fauquier - Danica Low
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Arts & Culture: Beyond the Clay- Rebekka Grier Creating beauty out of the unlovely with Lori Langford. Ice Cream - Danica Low A favorite local past time.
Giving Back - David Benoff Recognizing the sacrifices made by many.
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NEW ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT MANAGER Heather Stinson Explains Rooftops and Retail By Aimée O’Grady
ewlyweds, Heather and Steve Stinson have just celebrated their one-year anniversary and are looking forward to relocating to Fauquier County from their Chantilly home. Heather prefers historic homes. Steve, who stands at 6’10”, would prefer a modern home with a little more head room. "I just call realtors and ask what the ceiling height is in the home, and generally move on," Heather jokes. They have chosen Fauquier County to settle and begin their life together for much the same reason as other residents: they enjoy the small town feel with the larger
town convenience that Warrenton offers. Heather has another reason for looking in Fauquier for a home. This past February, she started a new job as the Economic Development Manager for the town of Warrenton, a position she is thrilled was reopened. "I have to thank Miles Friedman for making this position a priority. Not long after he began as the Director of Fauquier County Economic Development did he campaign to hire for my position. And I'm very grateful that he did." Heather was born in Fairfax Hospital and hails from Manassas,
where she was raised. An avid horse rider, Heather still rides at the same barn where she first took lessons when she was only twelve years old. Heather's experience and knowledge enable her to work anywhere she would like, but she is happy here in Fauquier County, close to where she was raised. Last month, Heather and I took advantage of the warm weather and met at one end of Main Street to walk through town and looked at the businesses, stopping briefly before the new dance attire shop Old Town Dancewear, the former location of the Warrenton Lifestyle
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Hospital Thrift Store. We talked about the town's history and the jurisdiction that Heather is now responsible for overseeing. Her territory encompasses Main Street, its side streets, as well as the rest of the Town of Warrenton, up and down Broadview Avenue. While I felt overwhelmed for Heather, she eagerly spoke about the town's mission to create a new Comprehensive Plan. The plan will guide the revitalization of Warrenton over the next two decades. As we walked, it was difficult to not notice Old Town’s current vacant storefronts. When I asked her about them, Heather filled me in on just some of the variables involved when looking for new businesses to fill them. These variables include storefronts that are for lease versus sale; repurposing the use of space; bringing spaces up to code; and the need for renovations. Finally, even an owner's desire to fill the store with a particular type of business to keep with Main Street's character is a consideration. She concluded with the fact that the vacancies are not due to a lack of interest. "It is simply a matter of time until the space will be filled with the right business," Heather explained. Heather understands that Warrenton residents excitedly respond “movie theater” when asked what sort of business they would like to see come to town. Unfortunately, as she explains, “Warrenton doesn’t meet the demographic numbers to attract a theater. What we do attract are unique businesses.” Being quaint comes with consequences. According to the Heather, “there are trade-offs when you determine what you want your town to look like.” “Rooftops bring retail” is a popular phrase in economic development lingo. It means that certain demographic numbers attract certain retailers, such as movie theaters or even shopping malls. But in towns like Warrenton, where the population is lower and surrounding communities are largely rural, the amount of growth required to support retailers such as theaters and malls is enormous. Heather and I walked down Culpeper Street and passed The Little Pincushion, where we stopped for a minute. Heather explained that Warrenton's appeal is that it can 8
attract entrepreneurs like Pincushion owner, Annabel Wrigley, people who have the talent and drive to launch a successful business. "These are the kind of business owners we want here in Warrenton, people who are invested in their community, like Pablo Teodoro [owner of Great Harvest Bread Company]. Pablo does more than manage a bakery: he lifts the community up as a whole.” Heather sees her role as bringing more people like Annabel and Pablo into the Town of Warrenton while diversifying our tax base and providing more job opportunities. With Warrenton’s highly-educated workforce, increasing job opportunities will act as the avenue to keeping skills and knowledge within our community. We turned left on East Lee Street and passed the new vapor supply store and lounge, Krazy Vapors, which filled the vacancy Drum ‘n Strum left when the music shop moved onto Main Street. "Another example of a niche business," Heather commented. Heather recognizes the challenges involved with her position, but when it comes down to it, "there are a lot of people who enjoy living and working in Warrenton, and I want to see those opportunities for work increase." She also acknowledges that not all new businesses will thrive here. "It is natural for some start-up businesses to fail. Not everyone succeeds." As we walked, Heather remarked that Warrenton has a lot of potential, and she suspects that the town will look much different in the next decade. She is excited to be the point person for local entrepreneurs who have questions about business ventures, whether these ideas are fledgling or have welldeveloped business plans. Whether they are looking to settle on Main Street or on bustling Broadview Avenue, Heather wants to hear from residents. In the meantime, Heather is going to continue getting to know local business owners, as well as residents, to better understand how she can help the community. And she is eager to find that historic property with the 10-foot ceilings that her husband will fit into. With small business questions, please contact Heather at 540-4228275 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE TOWN OF WARRENTON’S COMPREHENSIVE PLAN The town’s current comprehensive plan was adopted June 11, 2002. The plan guides future decisions regarding development, preservation, public facilities and other key components of community life. Reasons are provided in the plan as to why a town should adopt a plan. These reasons include: • To forecast and prepare for future changes in the community such as population size, employment base, environmental quality, and the demand for public services and facilities • To set goals for the future based upon the needs and aspirations of local citizens; • To establish policies, strategies and other implementation actions needed to achieve those goals and to protect the public health, safety and welfare. To read the 2002-2025 Comprehensive Plan, visit The Town of Warrenton’s website at: www.warrentonva.gov/Government/ PlanningDevelopment.aspx.
Freelance writer Aimée O’Grady loves living, shopping, working and playing in the town of Warrenton. Warrenton Lifestyle
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Fauquier Health Paramedic Colleen Shanney Receives Fauquier Health Mercy Award By Robin Earl Colleen Shanney, clinical technician in Fauquier Hospital’s Emergency Department, has received the 2015 Mercy Award for her service to Fauquier Hospital patients and the community. The Mercy Award was established by LifePoint Health in 2002 to honor the life of Scott Mercy, LifePoint’s founding chairman and CEO. Mercy Award nominees consistently go beyond the call of duty in serving patients, co-workers and the community. They demonstrate a level of commitment and caring that transcends the everyday; respect the individual in everything they do, and inspire others with compassion, dedication and a merciful spirit. Shanney was nominated by a coworker with these words: “In addition to being an indispensable member of the Emergency Department team, Colleen is very active in the local community and dedicates an enormous amount of her time to public service. She has been a volunteer for the Red Cross and a volunteer firefighter and paramedic for the Warrenton Volunteer Fire Company for more than 15 years. In fact, it was this community service that inspired Colleen, when she was in her late 40s, to leave her career in finance to study to be a paramedic. She will tell you how much she liked helping people in the field and wanted to do more once she transferred their care to the hospital. “Colleen leads by example on the front line of healthcare and her energy, enthusiasm and passion are infectious. Although she stands at just five feet tall, her presence is never missed. Colleen does not just do her work and go home; instead, her role at the hospital is an extension of her dedication and service to the community she calls home. You can’t help but want to do more, to be more, and to give back more when you are with Colleen.” Dr. Michael Jenks, chairman of the Fauquier Hospital Emergency Department and medical director of the county’s Emergency Medical Services, said, “One of Colleen’s many strengths is the way she interacts with patients. She is a very strong, upbeat person and has a comfortable interaction style -- extroverted and positive. 10
She can joke with patients who are in a hard situation, and has a way about her that helps them to relax. They appreciate her competence, her confidence and her lively sense of humor. Patients sense immediately that they are in good hands and trust her to take good care of them.” “Colleen approaches her EMS duties the same way she does everything else. She is very committed to the community and to her patients in the field. She loves teaching, volunteering her time to share her knowledge with others. As the medical director for EMS in the county, that matters to me. We need people that are committed to doing things right, and to teaching less experienced paramedics those lessons. Colleen has a lot of passion. In the ED, as well as on the EMS truck, she’s all in.” Warrenton Fire Chief Samuel Myers weighed in about Shanney as well. “Colleen Shanney has been a member of our organization for over a decade and provides not only emergency medical services (EMS) to our community, but helps to oversee our operations and maintenance budget. She has been very involved with our EMS program, not only running emergency incidents to provide advanced life support, but she also ensures and helps with regular EMS training for our membership.” William F. Carpenter III, LifePoint’s chairman and CEO, said, “The Mercy Award is the most important honor we recognize at LifePoint. It represents our culture and our mission of making communities healthier; it honors people, like Colleen, who go above and beyond to serve others.” Shanney said, “I am overwhelmed and humbled to be receiving this award. People who know me know that I am rarely speechless, but when I found out I was nominated, I was. I am blessed by my Maker to have been given the desire and ability to serve others. I am grateful for the support and love of my family, my firehouse family and my ED family in encouraging me to follow
Colleen Shanney, this year’s Mercy Award recipient, is a clinical technician in Fauquier Hospital’s Emergency Department, as well as a paramedic with the Warrenton Volunteer Fire Company. my passion and for being there for me when things get tough. This award is as much theirs as it is mine. Without each one of them, none of this would be possible. I love you all. Thank you.” Each LifePoint hospital – including Fauquier Hospital – chooses a Mercy Award recipient. Awardees from all hospitals will be honored at a companywide ceremony in Nashville, Tennessee this summer, where a LifePoint-wide Mercy Award recipient will be announced.
Always interested in educating the next generation of EMS hopefuls, Colleen Shanney has been a longtime instructor during Fauquier Hospital’s summer medical camps. Warrenton Lifestyle
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ummer is ﬁnally here and your pets will be as curious, as we humans are, to hike into the woods, creeks and mountains of our beautiful Commonwealth of VA. Many times we are out of cell phone contact, which puts us as our pet’s sole protector. If you have any pets with respiratory or heart conditions, they should stay close by the house or inside in the air conditioning, if air quality is deemed unhealthful. Increased pulmonary pressure is an unwanted scenario when air quality is poor, or when heat and humidity climbs. Pets can only lose body heat via counter current vascular mechanism in their sinuses, nostrils and paws that allow radiation of body heat to cooler, less
humid atmospheric air. Since their paws are the only anatomical part that actually sweats like humans, the heat loss from or such a small surface area is minimal. Therefore, leaving a pet unattended in a parked car with stagnant hot air is a recipe for disaster, and a criminal charge of neglect. Ask your veterinary technician how to take your pets pulse to determine its quality and rhythm, so you can be proactive, not reactive to potential respiratory or circulatory emergencies. Bring plenty of water, minimum 1 oz per pound of body weight for your pet and stop frequently for rehydration or snacks as your pet many times will hike until hyperthermia overcomes them. Should they get overheated and won’t drink, try to ﬁnd a cool creek
to immerse them in, checking their pulse rhythm and quality continually. (Karo syrup 1 tsp per 15 lbs) can bring immediate relief to pets who have been overworked and just need a sugar boost. Gently paint the sticky substance to their gums and tongue. Since this monosaccharide sugar does not need digestion, absorption is rapid and relief generally occurs within 60 seconds. Ticks and fleas can be controlled with spot-on preparations such as (over the counter) Frontline Plus and Advantix. Activyl Tick Plus is a product that kills ticks just walking on your dog. A new oral product called Nexgard (chewable tablet) available from your veterinarian, appears promising; however the tick needs Warrenton Lifestyle
to attach itself in order to be killed by these products. A tick has to be embedded for 24-48 hours to transmit Lyme disease. I recommend “Deep Woods Off” on the back of dog’s ears to prevent fly-strike and gnats in June, but realize this is an off label use. Moreover ice/cold compresses and Benadryl at ½ to 1 mg per pound may help for bee stings or contact allergic reactions, yet don’t wait if the patient has severe hives or trouble breathing as this may be an emergency. Lastly, patients with inhalant or contact allergies should have their owners wipe off their coats and feet with a wash cloth after hiking, much like humans washing their faces or changing their clothes to minimize pollen/ allergen exposure. This may also prevent a fomite transmission of allergens to the owner. For example, pets usually don’t get poison ivy rashes, yet they can carry the Urushiol oil on their coats and expose the owner at home. In summary, safe hiking with pets involves precautions and proactive measures to prevent catastrophes. Have a great summer! Dr. John Rethman Animal Medical Center 79 Garrett Street Warrenton VA 20186 540-428-0025
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When and why did you decide to start your own company? The idea for my business started in July of 2004, and I opened in March of 2005. I just really wanted to work for myself. After being employed elsewhere, I knew I wanted to serve a need in Warrenton, so I looked into boutique businesses around wine, pets, or quilting. Quilting offered me the best chance at doing something unique, and I specifically chose old town Warrenton for this kind of a shop. How does your business serve the Warrenton community? Our retail reaches far beyond the Warrenton community, as about 75% of our business comes from outside of Warrenton or even Fauquier. What’s great about that though is that it enables me to serve the local community through non-profit activities. I volunteer with ASPCA, the GWCC, and others. Of course, we are happy to serve the quilters in our area too. Share one of the greatest moments you’ve experienced in your business. Being named one of the Top 10 Quilt Shops in America in the Better Homes & Gardens 2015 Quilt Sampler has been such an honor. It means recognition of 10 years of hard work and service to people all over the country. The Top 10 list isn’t a popularity contest. Its recipients are chosen by industry professionals who are very selective, so it really means a lot. Have you had an experience with your business that you wish you could redo differently? No, I haven’t. I believe that everything can be learned from. You learn from the mistake you make today, and you do it better tomorrow. What are the top 3 business tips you can offer other business owners/professionals? 1) Be involved in your community. Volunteer for a charity, or do something to help the greater good. 2) Network. Find businesses with whom you have something in common. You’ll help each other grow. 3) Stay true to yourself. Remember why you started your business, and stick with it.
What do you see yourself doing in 5 10 years from now? I have NO idea. It might still be this ... I love it! But, I might be on a beach with my husband. I’ll probably be right here though; Warrenton isn’t getting rid of me so easily! How long have you been involved with GWCC? I’ve been involved with the GWCC for 5 years. What is the primary benefit of being a GWCC member? While I’ve never taken advantage of it personally, I think the BAT (Business Assistance Team) is needed. It’s a great place for inexperienced businesses to find help and support, and also a great opportunity for those with expertise to share it in a meaningful way. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live? Right here. I love this part of Virginia. If you could have a superpower, what would it be and why? I would be a mind reader, but I’ll let you ponder why. If you could be famous, what would you want to be known for? I’d want to be known for my community service; for trying to help those around me. What is your favorite food? Is a Cosmopolitan a food? If not, then bacon.
EXPLORING THE SCIENCE OF
Parenthood is not for the faint of heart. As parents, we bond over the silent understanding that our lives transition quickly from moments of unspeakable joy to situations of terrifying despair. One of the most desperate moments of parenthood occurs when a doctor confirms that something is officially “wrong” with our child. Although we may have suspected that something was not quite right with our child’s behavioral development, hearing the official diagnosis from an outsider can be devastating. Many parents face this emotional moment in the form of diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). What is the best way to deal with this information? Knowledge is power, but seeking credible scientific information is key. This article provides guidelines to constructively handle an ADHD diagnosis. WHAT IS ADHD? People with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) show difficulties focusing, controlling behavior, and staying still. ADHD occurs due to delayed brain development. Brain imaging shows that most of these delays take place in the frontal lobe, a region of the cortex towards the front of the brain which is involved in paying attention, planning, and complex thinking (1, 2). Abnormalities have also been detected CITATIONS 1. Shaw P, Eckstrand K, Sharp W, Blumenthal J, Lerch JP, et al. Attentiondeficit/hyperactivity disorder is characterized by a delay in cortical maturation. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2007 Dec 4;104(49):19649–54. Epub 2007 Nov 16. PubMed PMID: 18024590; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2148343. 2. Shaw P, Malek M, Watson B, Sharp W, Evans A, Greenstein D. Development of cortical surface area and gyrification in attentiondeficit/hyperactivity disorder. Biol Psychiatry. 2012 Aug 1;72(3):191–7.
in the bridge that connects the two halves of the brain, the corpus callosum (3). Although typically diagnosed in childhood, ADHD actually affects children, adolescents, and adults. The prevalence is steadily increasing, and the latest numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2011 estimate that ADHD affects ~11% of children ages 4-17 and ~4.4% of adults in the United States. ADHD more commonly affects boys than girls (13.2% vs. 5.6%, respectively), although the reasons for this are unclear. CAUSES OF ADHD – GENETICS OR ENVIRONMENT? When parents hear a diagnosis like ADHD, they commonly blame themselves. This is sometimes reinforced by the fact that outsiders can be quick to judge parents, as well. However, there is absolutely no scientific evidence that parenting causes ADHD. Most neurodevelopmental disorders are caused by a combination of genes and the environment. We know that genes influence ADHD because identical twins possess a greater chance of sharing the disorder than do other types of siblings. However, no single gene causes ADHD. Similar to autism, it probably stems from a
Epub 2012 Mar 13. PMID: 22418014. 3. Gilliam M, Stockman M, Malek M, Sharp W, Greenstein D, et al. Developmental trajectories of the corpus callosum in attention-deficit/ hyperactivity disorder. Biol Psychiatry. 2011 May 1;69(9):839–46. Epub 2011 Jan 17. PMID: 21247556. 4. Froehlich TE, Lanphear BP, Auinger P, Hornung R, Epstein JN, Braun J, Kahn RS. Association of tobacco and lead exposures with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Pediatrics. 2009 Dec;124(6):e1054–63. Epub 2009 Nov 23. PubMed PMID:
19933729; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2853804. 5. Nomura Y, Marks DJ, Halperin JM. Prenatal exposure to maternal and paternal smoking on attention deficit hyperactivity disorders symptoms and diagnosis in offspring. J Nerv Ment Dis. 2010 Sep;198(9):672–8. PubMed PMID: 20823730; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3124822. 6. Millichap JG. Etiologic classification of attention-deficit/ hyperactivity disorder. Pediatrics. 2008 Feb;121(2):e358–65. Review. PubMed PMID: 18245408.
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combination of genes, and each person with ADHD may have different gene mutations. This lack of clear genetic evidence means that something else must be playing a role. Scientists have started exploring environmental factors. “Environment” in this context actually refers to any outside influence affecting the child, including parental age. Contrary to popular belief, little evidence exists to support roles for sugar or food additives as causes of ADHD. Brain injuries also show few links to ADHD. However, some experiments suggest that lead exposure during preschool (4) or smoking or alcohol use during pregnancy may be related to ADHD (5,6). TREATMENTS FOR ADHD Although currently no cure exists for ADHD, many of its symptoms can be managed with treatment. Each person with ADHD presents a unique range of symptoms, so there is no standard therapy. Every family needs to work with their doctor to determine the appropriate course of action. Many people with ADHD actually benefit from a combination of multiple therapies. Possible treatments for ADHD include medications (stimulants), behavioral management, and educational programs. Regardless of which treatment option families
decide, they should research the validity of each by determining whether or not it has been tested by clinical trials (see Resources for Parents section). CONCLUSIONS Any parent facing an ADHD diagnosis would be best prepared by arming themselves with as much scientific information as possible. Many websites pop up with claims for new ADHD treatments that have no scientific backing. Families can be easily overwhelmed by the amount of information. Below we have listed some credible scientific sources with websites that serve as good starting points. We hope this provides parents with an optimistic path with which to face their future. RESOURCES FOR PARENTS • National Institutes of Health (NIH): www.nimh. nih.gov/health/publications/attention-deficit-hyperactivitydisorder/index.shtml?rf=71264#pub1 • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/adhd/data.html • National Resource Center on ADHD: www.help4adhd.org • NIH Clinical Trials: https://clinicaltrials.gov
About the Writer: Catherine Croft Swanwick, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer, Catlilli Games (www.catlilli.com. Dr. Swanwick earned her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Virginia and has extensive experience in neuroscience research from working at the National Institutes of Health and nonprofit lab MindSpec. Her research focused on the formation of synapses and their role in neurodevelopmental disorders. Dr. Swanwick actively participates in science outreach and has a passion for transforming science education. In 2015, she and three colleagues decided to combine their dual loves of science education and games to form the educational tabletop game company Catlilli Games.
Nutrition for your Nibbler Meeting Your RabbitĘźs Dietary Requirements By Charlotte Wagner Two species I have always shared my home with are dogs and rabbits. I remember being six years old when a gray lop-eared fuzzball named Paulie made his way into my heart. Since childhood I have kept various breeds of rabbits, but it wasn't until later in life that I truly understood the deficit of their nutritional needs when living in the average pet household. The actual dietary needs of our nibblers is the most commonly overlooked aspect 16
to rabbit keeping, and can lead to severe health issues and impact quality of life if not adequately provided. DIETARY BASICS Rabbits are herbivores, which means their diet depends solely on a variety of plant materials including grass, vegetables, and fruits. Commercially produced feeds are often found as either processed green pellet food, or as a mixture with various seeds
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When Tractors Roamed... Equipment company once dominated the northern entrance to Warrenton by John Toler Wayland Corner, at U.S. 29 and Blackwell Road, is one of Warrenton’s busiest intersections. In years gone by, the site was occupied by Wayland Ford Tractor Sales, established in 1959 by Fred G. Wayland Sr., and run in later years by his son, John S. M. “Johnny” Wayland. Fred Wayland Sr. (1903-1995), his wife Sarah M. (1906-1974) and sons Fred Jr. (1929-2010) and Johnny (b. 1930) moved to Fauquier County from Crozet, Va. in 1932. An experienced orchardist, Fred Sr. worked at Leeds Manor Orchard near Markham from 1932 to 1939, and then managed Fairfield Farm at Hume for Baroness Lambert, and later for the new owner, J. Willard Marriott.
In 1952, Fred Sr. left Fairfield Farm and came to Warrenton, where he bought into a tractor business owned by legendary Warrenton entrepreneur Tom Frost. Known as Frost-Wayland Tractor Co., it was located at the intersection of the U.S. 29 Bypass and U.S. 211, across the highway from Mr. Frost’s Ford-Mercury dealership. Adjacent to the tractor business on that busy corner were Mr. Frost’s Texaco gas station and his small lunchroom. “For a while, Dad managed the gas station as well,” recalled Johnny Wayland. The office for the tractor business was in a small shed, and after Mr. Frost opened Frost Diner next to his Ford dealership, the lunchroom was closed and the building used as the tractor business’s shop and parts department. The arrangement lasted until 1959, when Fred Sr. bought out Mr. Frost’s interest in the tractor dealership. Earlier that year, Mr. and Mrs. Wayland purchased an open, fouracre tract at the corner of U.S. 29 and Blackwell Road from J. North Fletcher for $12,000. “When Dad bought the property, Tom Frost told him, ‘Fred, they’ll never find you all the way out there,’” recalled Johnny. “That’s where the country was. U.S. 29 was a two-lane highway, and Blackwell Road was gravel.” The new enterprise was housed in a metal Butler
building erected on the site, and was called Wayland Ford Tractor Sales. The business was set up as a familyowned corporation, with Fred Sr. as the manager. Sarah served as the bookkeeper, and Fred Sr.’s brother Tom was the shop foreman. After graduating from RandolphMacon Academy, Johnny entered Virginia Polytechnic Institute in Blacksburg in 1948. After two-and-a-half years, he left college and worked on a farm his father was renting, and did custom farming until early 1953. The Korean War was still raging, and Johnny volunteered for the draft. After completing Army basic and leadership training at Camp Gordon, Ga., he was assigned to the Military Police company at Ft. Monroe, Va. Following his military service, Johnny returned to VPI and in 1957 earned a degree in dairy science. He worked for the Maryland-Virginia Milk Producers Association in Baltimore for 18 months before returning to Virginia. Initially, the Commonwealth had no jobs for dairy inspectors, so he took a position as a meat inspector. After about two years, Johnny was appointed a “roving dairy inspector.” Based in South Hill, Va. He was assigned to make inspections in a wide area of south
Top photo: The Frost-Wayland Tractor Co. was located on the north side of the intersection of U.S. 29 Bypass and U.S. 211. The tractor business ofﬁce was in the small shed between Tom Frost’s brick Texaco gas station (far left) and his lunchroom. Shown seated on the second tractor from the left is Fred Wayland Sr.; the others are an unidentiﬁed Ford zone manager and a mechanic. Photos courtesy of John S.M. Wayland. Left: Wayland Ford Tractor Sales founder Fred G. Wayland Sr. in 1983.
central Virginia. “That got to be too nervewracking. You never had time to do the job the way you would like to,” he said. “I was always dashing here and dashing there.” In 1963, Johnny got a call from Fred Sr., saying that he needed help at the tractor business, which by then had grown to six employees. Johnny may have been the owner’s son, but he started at the bottom, cleaning up the shop, learning how to work on tractors, and waiting on customers. He learned all aspects of the business on-thejob. In 1969, the fortunes of the business got an unexpected boost when U.S. 29 north of Warrenton was scheduled to be four-laned, and a slice of the dealership’s frontage amounting to .72 acre was taken for the right-of-way. The rest of the property was left intact, and the Waylands were paid $28,000 by the Commonwealth. TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS Throughout its existence, working with customers and providing personalized service were the guiding principles at Wayland Ford Tractor Sales. Led first by Fred Sr. and later by Johnny, fair dealing – sealed with a handshake – was the rule. In 1972, Johnny married Malinda “Linda” Isley Frank, a graphic artist. Later, both Linda and their daughter Janet came to work at the dealership. As the business grew during the 1980s, a large new shop
and a third building that was rented-out were added. Johnny Wayland had many interesting experiences during the nearly 30 years he worked at the family business. During the years that the dealership stood alone on the edge of town, there were continuing problems with nighttime breakins. One solution was leaving a watchdog running loose inside after hours, but sadly, the animal was shot during a break-in. Another solution was a series of listening devices and an amplifier installed in the building by a friend who worked at the Warrenton Training Center. Activated after closing and connected by a telephone line to a speaker at the Warrenton Police Department, any sound made during an intrusion could be heard. “It was probably the first alarm system used in Fauquier County,” said Johnny. This worked well and thwarted several break-ins, but there were also false calls, when pranksters would come by and throw rocks on the tin roof, and run away. “The police would call me, and I’d come charging down to see what it was, but the perpetrators would be gone.” In 1974, one of Wayland Ford’s big International delivery trucks was stolen off the lot. It was reasonable to expect such a large vehicle with the company name painted on both sides would be found and returned quickly, but that didn’t happen.
Shown inside the dealership in the early days are (from left) Mrs. Sarah M. Wayland, bookkeeper; Fred Wayland Sr., owner; employees Ed Frazier, Jack Tinsman and Marshall Barron; shop foreman Tom Wayland, and the German shepherd that guarded the building at night.
For a while, people reported seeing the truck, but always too late to track it down. After it was missing for about three years, Johnny received a phone call from a junkyard owner in Front Royal, complaining that two of his employees, “…were not good people.” Johnny told him that none of his employees had been in Front Royal that day, and asked him why he thought they worked for him. The junk dealer replied that “Wayland Ford Tractor Sales” was painted on the truck, and assumed they worked there. Johnny explained that the truck had been stolen long before, adding, “I wish you could have locked it up and called the police.” Other problems resulted from innocent mistakes. The dealership originally sat on a hill (now gone), and the tractors were displayed in front, facing the highway. The brakes were always set and the tractors left in gear, but occasionally, someone browsing a tractor, or perhaps a child, would release the brakes and knock it out of gear. “One morning I came to work, and one of our tractors was sitting in the median, ” Johnny recalled. “THE CUSTOMER IS ALWAYS RIGHT…” Certain customers also presented some challenges. “Back in those days, Dad would go out and visit a farmer to see what they needed,” Johnny recalled. “They would tell him they couldn’t afford a tractor, and he would offer to bring one out and let them try it for a few days.” When Fred Sr. returned, it was likely that he got a sale. One day he brought a big, brand new Ford tractor to the farm of a prominent landowner for a trial run. When Fred Sr. returned a week later, the property owner said he was very satisfied with the machine. Fred Sr. started to write up the deal, but the property owner stopped him. “No, I don’t want this one,” he said. “Send me a new one.” It didn’t make sense, but rather than argue about it, Fred Sr. loaded up the “used” tractor, and returned with an identical “new” one. Fortunately, going along with the unusual request resulted in more business in the future. Another customer living in an adjoining county asked to try out a tractor-and-Bushhog combination on his property over a weekend. The equipment was delivered on Friday, and when Johnny returned on Monday morning to discuss the sale, the customer told him that he was no longer interested. However, Johnny noticed that the entire property had been mowed, and when he checked the hour meter on the 27
tractor, it was obvious that it had been run day-and-night all weekend, probably by multiple operators, to get the job done. There was a happier customer experience one Christmas. A man with a property near Vint Hill had been by the dealership several times, admiring a certain tractor, but was unsure if he could afford it. “Unbeknownst to him, his wife came in, and told us, ‘If you can deliver that tractor on Christmas Day, I’ll buy it.’” “We agreed, and just before we got to their house, we stopped and put a big red bow around the tractor, and pulled up to the house,” Johnny said. “The man’s wife told him that she hadn’t been able to get him much for Christmas, but to step outside. He was surprised, and very, very happy.” Seeing the look on the husband’s face made working on Christmas Day a real joy. THE CHANGING BUSINESS CLIMATE During this time, Wayland Ford Tractor Sales was part of a regional tractor dealer organization, which included the dealerships in Manassas, Fredericksburg, Charlottesville, Staunton, Winchester and Ashland. The members met monthly to discuss marketing issues, identify common problems, and share inventory information. “We kept records of all the used tractors we had, listed by their condition, and could swap them out,” recalled Johnny. Widowed in 1974, Fred Sr. later remarried, and by 1980 – at age 77 – he decided to slow down and do some traveling with his new wife. He would still maintain his interest in the company, but Johnny was in full charge of the operation. In the early 1980s, Johnny’s wife Linda came to work at the dealership. “Johnny would come home and complain about
the parts being scattered all over the shop, so I went to work at the shop and started ordering the parts, and putting them away when they came in,” Linda recalled. Daughter Janet, then in high school, also helped with painting the building and other maintenance work. Wayland Ford Tractor’s best year was in 1988, when sales reached $4 million, and 23 employees were on the payroll. “We were serving a wide area, and had taken on several new lines,” Johnny recalled. But due to a number of factors, the economic picture was rapidly changing. There were fewer and fewer farmers still in business to buy the large-ticket equipment, and the small units being sold to homeowners produced less profit. By 1990, the economy in general had worsened. “That’s when it started getting tough to make payroll,” Johnny recalled. “We serviced everything we sold, but the profits just weren’t that great.” Higher labor and transportation costs ate into profits as well. There were also problems working with Ford Motor Company’s agricultural equipment division. In the past, there had been complaints when Wayland Ford Tractor handled other brands, like Hesston, but that was only done when customers wanted equipment that Ford did not offer. “They didn’t think I was representing them properly,” Johnny explained. “But they didn’t have what I needed, when I needed it.” The relationship got more difficult after Ford sent a shipment of imported tractors that Johnny did not want, but had to sell. Ford’s agricultural equipment division eventually merged with New Holland, which had its tractors built in Italy and England. “That didn’t turn out to be a very good deal,” Johnny added.
There were also productivity problems, especially on the smaller lines, like power tools. Johnny began tracking the revenue produced by each mechanic, and became aware that some workers, for whatever reason, weren’t generating enough income to cover their salaries. THE END OF THE LINE The time came when closing the business was the best option. “Johnny kept the business going as long as he could, and hated to let the employees go,” recalled Linda. It was also difficult to shut down a family business that had become a local institution. Wayland Ford Tractor Sales was not alone in its struggles. Johnny notes that even before he closed his business, most of the other dealerships in the regional network were already closed, or were in the process of closing or selling out. “Everybody was feeling the same pressures I was feeling. They didn’t know how to get out of businesses, and I didn’t either,” Johnny recalled. “But I had to do it anyway.” With the shop closed and the employees gone, it fell to family members to finish the job. Unsold tractors and other equipment were bought back by the manufacturers, and Linda was put in charge of returning new, unsold parts, a process that took three months. Out of 3,390 parts returned to Ford in Atlanta, only 11 were rejected as being obsolete. What parts and fixtures remained were sold at auction, and by late 1992, Wayland Ford Tractor Sales was no more. The business may have been gone, but over three acres of prime commercial real estate remained. The family was approached several times about selling the property, but they decided to hold on to
Below left: Old map of the north entrance to Warrenton shows the rectangular Wayland property in the center, the two-lane U.S. 29 Bypass, and Blackwell Road, then a gravel path. ‘Wayland Street’ between Blackwell Road and Branch Drive was never named as such, as it was swallowed up by the shopping center parking lot. Below right: Wayland Ford Tractor Sales original showroom, shop and parts department was in this Butler building erected on a four-acre parcel at the corner of U.S. 29 and Blackwell Road.
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it, and rent out the buildings. The first tenant was Fox Den Antiques, which operated in the front building for several years. Others would follow. The family named the property “Wayland Corner,” as shown on the monument sign that lists the businesses located there. Their biggest tenant – Sheetz Inc., of Altoona, Pa. – also wanted to buy the open corner for a new gas station, but Johnny held fast. Eventually a 30-year lease was signed, with a provision for regular increases in the rent. In addition, Sheetz agreed to handle all of the legal work and permitting. The new gas station opened in 1999. Later, Sheetz offered to sell the family their building, since they didn’t own the land on which it sat. Johnny and his brother Fred Jr. worked out the financial arrangements, and the loan was paid off in about six years. A LEGACY TO REMEMBER The story of Wayland Ford Tractor Sales is more than just an account of the birth, life and eventual demise of a small business. It’s also about a family that made a difference in the community in ways far beyond creating jobs, and adding to sales tax revenue. In 1990, Johnny Wayland was selected the Business Person of the Year by the Fauquier County Chamber of Commerce. While he certainly earned the honor for his business practices and integrity, the focus was on the many ways he had given back to the community since returning to Fauquier County in 1963. Noted were his work with Fauquier Community Action and the Fauquier Housing Corporation, the charitable projects of the Warrenton-Fauquier Jaycees, and the community service provided by the Warrenton and Hume Ruritan clubs, both of which he was a member. Johnny freely shared his knowledge of the agriculture industry as well, supporting 4-H and Future Farmers of America for many years. When asked why he worked so hard on such a number of different civic endeavors, he gave an answer that all local business people should heed: “I feel that if we don’t get involved in the community, we can’t expect the community to support us.”
Besides the large array of agricultural equipment for sale, an aerial photo of the Wayland Ford Tractor Sales dealership taken in 1974 shows the four-lane U.S. 29, the unimproved Blackwell Road, and Wilson Chevrolet (far right.) Property behind the dealership was all wooded; today it is the Oak Springs Plaza Shopping Center and its parking lot.
Above: At his home in Warrenton, Johnny Wayland keeps a number of photographs and artifacts from the family business. Left: Until 1969, the four-lane section of U.S. 29 ended at Sycamore Hill, north of Blackwell Road and Wayland Ford Tractor Sales. Part of the dealership’s frontage was taken when the highway was four-laned.
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Packing event at Airlie in conjunction with its Earth Week celebration. There is no shortage of helping hands in Fauquier. Hearts are full for those that are in need. We are home to more than a few charities and philanthropic groups. The people of Fauquier make a difference - locally and abroad. We are, perhaps, more charitable than most counties in the nation; this is the heart of who we are. But are all eyes really open to the struggles that many Fauquier citizens are facing? Are we doing enough? Do we seek to understand their stories, help to carry their burdens and lighten their load? These are a few if the organizations that are committed to these purposes. FAUQUIER FISH According to Fauquier FISH (For Immediate Sympathetic Help) director, Elaine Harris, malnutrition has two meanings. “Most people think it means not getting enough food,” she says.
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“There’s another side to hunger. There can be sufficient calories available, but not sufficient nutrition for a healthy life. ‘Add water and serve’ (food) is what many food bank patrons want, but we can do better than that. Doing good doesn’t mean we shouldn’t do better.” The nonprofit began in 1983 and achieved 501(c)3 status in 2000. It is in transition this summer to move over to distributing healthier, lower-sodium, lowersugar, vitamin dense and protein-rich assortment of foods, and to educate more heavily on nutrition. Elaine and her food pantry “nutrition team” do recipe research to put together meal kits with recipes for making low-cost, nutritious meals from non-perishables, with suggested fresh and healthy additions. Most recently, Mediterranean Salmon Couscous, Alaska Salmon Chowder and Rice Pilaf with Chicken recipes were distributed at the
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FISH food pantry as great sources of protein, calcium, Omega-3s and Vitamin D. And all can be made using canned, jarred and boxed goods that the FISH food pantry offers. Twenty-four volunteers work at the FISH pantry every month, some on a monthly basis. Some of its largest monetary and food contributions come from Warrenton Presbyterian Church, The Bridge Community Church, several local foundations, and Boy Scout Troops. Fully funded by donations, and with a yearly budget of $60,000, food donations make up forty percent of its total donations. “Simple acts of kindness are so powerful in a small community,” says Elaine. “I love Fauquier, it’s a great place to live. I moved here in 1984 from Springfield, Va. There are good people here.” WEEKEND POWER PACK PROGRAM The Weekend Power Pack Program is directed by Charity Furness, a ten-year Warrenton resident and young mother. She says, “Our goal is a big one – that we (Fauquier) have no hungry children! There is no reason a child should go hungry here.” In the summer of 2013, Charity was on vacation with her family, and on their way home drove through Detroit. The moment that moved her to action was seeing more people in line waiting for a brown bag lunch than she knew the small van handing out sandwiches had to Warrenton Lifestyle
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supply. She returned home with a mission hope.” There are food drop boxes located at the in her heart to help feed the hungry. She Local grocers are more providing a Progressions Dance School in Warrenton teamed up with Elaine Harris of FISH, big help to the program in getting quantity off of Blackwell Road, and inside the visited Fauquier County Public School Warrenton Pediatrics/Dr. Michael Amster’s and quality nutritious food to the families. Websites, and emailed school counselors to Recently, the program received 200 boxes office. The community is encouraged to locate children of families in need. The first of cereal from the grocer Aldie – and deliver non-perishables to these locations, weekend in March of 2014, two backpacks Wegmans, as its biggest donor of food, as they are able. full of food were delivered to Warrenton contributed $1,800 worth of food at one “It is a full-circle problem,” Charity Middle School. Marshall Middle School time. continues. “If a child is hungry, they are soon called, and the list began to grow. Currently, the program consists of 12 in a classroom having trouble with school The organization has volunteers that give 3-4 hours grown to deliver backpacks per week. Charity continues to full of weekend food to crusade for the hungry children 11 out of the County’s 20 in Fauquier, giving 36-48 hours schools, for 110 families a week to keep the program during the school year. Its running, and this is entirely on a goals are to be in every volunteer basis. school, providing food to Of the hunger in Fauquier, families every week of the Charity says, “You can’t deny it year (through the summer) once you’ve seen it.” and to provide for every child She adds, “We do not ask that needs food. Charity if families are receiving food notes that 25 percent of from the food bank or any other students in Fauquier are local organization. There is a on a free or reduced lunch fear among the poor to let the program, which signifies government know they need some need. food. We don’t ask, we just Weekend Power give. We don’t want a single Pack volunteer, Kelly child to go hungry. No matter Leatherwood, used to be the circumstances that put the a hospital social worker family in poverty, it’s not the in the Richmond area. child’s fault.” She is a mom of two and advocates that this FAUQUIER EDUCATION program offers a great Packing event at Airlie in conjunction with its FARM way that kids can help Primarily, the Fauquier Earth Week celebration. Kathy Legg, Weekend Education Farm supports the contribute to their local community. “Take your Fauquier Food Bank with its Power Pack volunteer, and Jeff Witte, Airlie kids to the grocery store crops, says part-time employee to pick out nonperishable and farm coordinator, Jim Culinary Director, are seen packing. food for those in need. It’s Hankins. “When we’re really something you can involve producing, we contribute your kids with to help to Community Touch, work. Test scores, accreditations and other people.” Inc. and the Fauquier County Food having enough resources to deal with One Weekend Power Pack program’s Distribution Coalition. When we have challenges that result, are draining on the goal is to give kids and families in the an overabundance, we contribute to the system and affect every single child in that community a way to help others and Rappahannock Food Bank.” classroom.” contribute in a hands-on and meaningful His title might not be fancy, but “Those that are financially struggling way. The program offers family packing ultimately, the lifelong gardener is the main to provide food for their children carry a lot contact overseeing the crops day in and events several times throughout the year of shame because there is so much wealth where families can sort and pack the food. day out, and coordinating volunteers to around them. Because of pride, or fear to The group has changed sponsors, help sustain and keep the crops bountiful. report that they can’t feed their children, initially Fauquier FISH and currently With a heart for helping those in need, Mr. these people often will not ask for help. We Hankins says, “I am proud to say that we Fauquier County Soccer Club (FCSC). offer a very discreet solution,” she says. During the summer, the Weekend Power are delivering right at the peak of perfect Guidance counselors within the Pack program partners with the Fauquier vegetable and fruit ripeness, when they are Community Child Care (FCCC) to provide schools identify families in need and ask ideal for eating – and we’re doing so at no those parents if they’d like to receive a approximately 30 backpacks full of food cost (to those receiving them) and in an backpack of food. Two breakfast meals, two abundance.” to children and their families. “We are lunch meals, two dinner meals for a family looking for ways to reach more children,” The farm serves to educate the of four, for a Saturday and a Sunday, are says Charity. “We are one of the wealthiest community on farming practices to instill packed into one backpack that is handed counties in the nation. There are the sustainable farming within our community. to the child by the teacher or office staff on The farm’s purpose is to promote resources here to end childhood hunger in their way home on Friday afternoon. Mrs. our County.” agriculture education through best-method Leatherwood says, “A bag of food from their demonstrations, mentoring and hands-on “If you don’t have money to give, give teacher might be enough to give a child your time,” suggests Mrs. Leatherwood. learning. “We are the education farm, not the 34 Warrenton Lifestyle
Fresh fruits and vegetables from the Fauquier Education Farm for the community.
food bank farm. Food is a by-product of what we do.” Fauquier County has given the farm a ten-year lease for a cost of $1 a year. This includes 10 acres of County-owned land that is currently being used by the farm. The farm produces great quantity. In the 2014 season, the farm donated 15,866 pounds of produce, and has set a goal of producing over 20,000 pounds of produce in 2015. “I want to produce. I want it to look good.” With 1,800 tomato plants in the ground, as well as 3,312 cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, 9,000 onion plants, and 15 different varieties of peppers, Mr. Hankins says, “We always need volunteers.” The farm boasts two acres of sweet corn, and many long rows of potatoes, cucumber, squash, cantaloupe and watermelon. “The Warrenton Garden Club ladies planted 96 trays of 72 cell trays of seed, which have turned into nice crop,” says Mr. Hankins. The farm receives an annual donation of $1,000 from the Fauquier County Farm Bureau, however, the rest is through private donations and several grants. There is machinery upkeep and the costs of irrigation to support. Fauquier Health Foundation recently awarded the Fauquier Education Farm with a “Make It Happen” grant in the amount of $9,800. The farm used the funds to purchase a High Tunnel Greenhouse to grow more delicate plants into hearty crops. July 2015
FAUQUIER FOOD DISTRIBUTION COALITION Since 2002, the Fauquier County Food Distribution Coalition has distributed food to the hungry in our community, and done so out of the Warrenton United Methodist Church on the third Saturday of each month. Former president, Susan Dove of Warrenton, and current president (since December of 2014), Sarah Cooper, speak with passion and diligence on its mission and goals to serve the community. “This County seems to close its eyes on the poverty problem – there is a skip, a gap, in understanding that there is a great need present in this County,” says Mrs. Cooper. “The Fauquier County Food Distribution Coalition is a great stepping stone to teach the next generation how to give back – groups can sign up to volunteer together, and we frequently have youth and young adults and children volunteer with their parents.” “If you’re able to donate food, please do,” adds Ms. Dove. “We feed more than 100 families on average at each food distribution.” Last year, an average of 325 individuals were served monthly at each distribution. The US Department of Agriculture provides some food to the organization, along with guidelines on how much food should be given to each family based on size. The organization relies heavily on donated food, as the USDA food fluctuates in quantity – and quality. “There was a time when we had no USDA donated food,” says Ms. Dove. “During the economic
downturn, our organization relied more heavily on local grocers such as Giant and Safeway.” The organization also incurs the cost of purchasing much of its food from the Blue Ridge Food Bank, which sells to the Food Distribution Coalition at a discounted rate. Volunteers for the Coalition stand and collect food from the local Giant and Safeway grocers many days throughout the month. “Safeway is very supportive of us,” says Ms. Dove. “They submitted for us to receive a grant last year, which we appreciated very much.” Volunteers are also needed on the third Friday of each month to help with preparations for the food distribution the next day. Jobs include unloading a large truck of food, unboxing and sorting food, and repackaging it for distribution. Highland School and Our Savior Lutheran Church send volunteers regularly, according to Ms. Dove, and Warrenton Baptist Church collects hundreds of pounds of food each month for the Coalition’s food distribution. Fresh vegetables, fruits and nutritious breads remain a need. In addition to the Fauquier Education Farm on occasion, some local families with large gardens, such as the Potucek family of Warrenton, contribute green beans, potatoes and other fresh items as often as possible. Ms. Dove reminds that these items are needed no more than the day or two before the Saturday distribution to keep them fresh. Contact Mrs. Cooper if you are part of a civic or youth group that is able to sign up for a distribution date to volunteer at 540-347-1367. 35
The coalition is a 501(c)3, nonprofit organization and relies solely on contributions. 97 percent of its funds go to purchasing foods; other costs include repair of carts used to haul food to recipients’ cars, overhead, computers to manage distribution, etc. – although most computers, including printer paper, is donated. After food has been collected from community donations, the Coalition spends approximately $2,500 a month on food from Blue Ridge Food Bank to ensure enough food is present for families attending the distribution. The Fauquier County Extension Office provides a meeting place for the Coalition, which enables them to keep operation costs below $1,000 a year. “What we’ve been able to do in twelve years is amazing,” says Mrs. Cooper. According to the Food Distribution Coalition Website, from its initial meeting in 2002 to discuss developing a uniform system of food distribution in the County, Coalition board members and friends continue to increase. It says, “Without such wonderful support by all of the Coalition members, this project never would have developed into the tangible resource it has become.” Coalition members come from a variety of organizations including county government, community nonprofits, and area churches. Jay Heroux, President of the Fauquier Community Coalition (FCC), says, “I would love to say that Fauquier in ten years
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According to the Food Distribution Coalition, at last report from DSS, about 2,700 Fauquier County children receive breakfast and/or lunch through the School Nutrition Program. While on summer vacation there is no program. They encourage the community to help for the months of July and August by purchasing some or all of the following items and placing them in a bag marked “Children Summer Meals” and delivering to the Warrenton United Methodist Church for the Fauquier County Food Distribution. 1. shelf milk (ultra-pasteurized [UHT] milk or powdered milk) 2. cereal 3. small boxes of raisins 4. juice boxes 5. peanut butter & jelly (plastic jars, please) 6. cereal bars 7. canned tuna or chicken 8. snack sizes of fruit (no glass containers please) 9. small mac & cheese (microwaveable) 10. V8 Fusion juice/100% juice boxes (8 oz. cans or 6.75 oz. juice boxes) 11. canned pasta items (for example, Chef Boy-Ar-Dee) 12. any healthy snacks other than nuts
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As a kid, hunting was my sanctuary. The trials and tribulations of childhood never survived the enchantment and inspiration a day in the woods gave me. A tough week at school or tender wounds from boyhood’s first love battlefield seemed to disappear once the squirrels began to chatter. Nature soothed me and the mentorship I got from my youth pastor who took me hunting laid the foundation for the man I am today. I was lucky. Many of today’s youth aren’t as fortunate but they ought to be. I decided to do something about it by creating The Green Bow Foundation. We are a federally approved 501(c) 3 not-for-profit organization whose primary goal is to give youth interested in hunting the education, mentorship
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of exclusive access to partnering landowners for mentor-guided archery hunts through the Green Bow Foundation until they reach age 18. Students who meet their annual volunteer hours goal also are rewarded with a new bow. The idea for The Green Bow Foundation evolved from my thesis work in 2013 for my executive Masters of Natural Resources and Sustainability at Virginia Tech University. In fact, one of my professors, Dr. Bruce Hull, was instrumental in helping me learn to channel my energy, passion and capabilities into building this program. His selﬂess work reinforced my belief in mentorship as the glue, which holds dreams together long enough to become reality. Our organization
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learn, experience and contribute to our outdoor community. Furthermore, I wanted to insulate all of my students from having any advantages or disadvantages in the program based on their parent’s financial success. While the tuition to attend Green Bow is free, as any adult knows, operating it is not without expense. Costs for what we do are spread out amongst donations, selffunding by our staff, and grants. Recently
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Creating beauty out of the “unlovely” is Lori Langford’s specialty. Both physically and emotionally, she takes the ugly and unimpressive and turns it into something exquisite and useful. In 2007, Lori’s mother passed away suddenly, leaving Lori to struggle through an intense season of grieving. Lori’s husband, knowing how much she loved to collect pottery, began to suggest she learn how to create pottery as something to fill her time. After consistent denials to try, Lori finally bought her first bag of clay. She recreated a tray with the imprint of leaf. “And I haven’t stopped,” said Langford. Lori is a potter. She transforms uninspiring blocks of clay into some of the most lovely and meaningful pottery pieces in Virginia using only her hands and her kiln. Owner of Big Dog Pots Pottery in Marshall, VA, Lori’s handmade pottery pieces have new homes in countries all over the world, including Australia, Canada, and Mexico. She’s created dog bowls for AKC champions, Civil War replicas, and continues to expand her talents and offerings. Despite a career that most people would consider artistic, Lori does not consider herself an artist. “I am not artistic. I am not an artist. The joke in my family is when I say, ‘here, let 42
me draw you a picture of what I’m talking about.’” A scientist at heart, a geologist by education, and an urban planner by trade, Lori has chosen an art form that still allows her to use her scientist’s curiosity in melting, mixing, and molding elements. “I’m all about melting things.” Working in pottery now for the past six years, Lori adores being a potter and will even get jittery and uncomfortable if she’s away from it for more than two or three days. She usually spends between 40 to 60 hours a week in clay and is quite prolific. Her Etsy shop alone has had over 600 orders since 2009 and is what generates most of her international sales. It was in 2009 that Lori left her 20-year career in urban planning to pursue her then-hobby. “This all came very late in my life. To find out that I’m actually able to do this is a huge ‘who knew’, because I never knew,” Lori said. While Lori can, and does, make everything from small ornaments to cups to plates, she is by far most well known for her dog bowls – it’s even how she got the name, Big Dog Pots. When her hobby started growing and she could no longer keep all the pieces she created, Lori began attending fine art shows as a way to find new homes for her items. An avid dog-lover,
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Did you know that July is National Ice Cream Month? Since July of 1984, when former President Ronald Reagan signed it into Proclamation, National Ice Cream Day has been celebrated on the third Sunday in July of each year. As Fauquier residents have been enjoying this delicious treat for generations, with many past and present ice creameries to boot, we thought we’d take a look into one special Warrenton family’s ice cream traditions. In doing so, we’ve Nancy Nye and mother, Mattie Mae Wines
captured a glimpse of Warrenton history and landmarks that were, and gathered a sense of familial fellowship that continues in today’s present day Fauquier culture. Mattie Mae Wines, 80, and her daughter, Nancy Nye, have lived in Warrenton their entire lives. Both have memories, a generation apart, of walking home from middle school and stopping in the Fauquier Pharmacy for a hot fudge sundae. Says Nancy, “My family still goes for ice cream together sometimes to local places. Ice cream is a happy food. It takes a while to eat it so it makes for good conversation!” “I remember making ice cream on the weekends,” says Nancy. “We had a big electric freezer. I remember having to be very careful to not let the rock salt and salty water get into the canister. I don't know, maybe this was my parents’ way of making us not taste it before it was done!” Mattie Mae shares, “In the sixties we would go to the Tastee Freeze and the Quick Quick Shake. At the Quick Quick Shake you would pull into a parking space and order into the speaker. They would bring your order out on a tray. We would also later go to the Dairy Queen and Highs. We then started making a lot of ice cream at home with the kids.”
But, traditions began long before Mattie Mae and her husband were raising Nancy and her siblings. Mattie Mae shares, “The only ice cream I remember as a child is the ice cream we made at home. We had a wooden tub freezer that you cranked. We would go to the ice plant in Warrenton and buy a big block ice. My dad would chop it up with a big pick. We made mostly vanilla and strawberry. We used strawberries from our garden. When it snowed we would make snow ice cream using snow, vanilla and sugar.” She continues, “When I was (about) age 12/13, we would go to a little hamburger place on the bypass – it was called Tom Frost, I think. My dad would take me there for a cone. When I got to High School (now Warrenton Middle) we would walk to Main Street to get ice cream. We would go to Fauquier Pharmacy, Downtown Drugstore and Rhodes Drugstore. We would get a cone for 5 cents and a cherry coke for about 5 cents.” “Rhodes drugstore would grill glazed doughnuts and smash them down and put a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. This would cost you 1015 cents, and it was so good. We would also go to Knotty Pine Grill on what I think was 3rd St. They had the best hot fudge sundae you ever did put in Warrenton Lifestyle
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your mouth!,” says Mattie Mae. Nancy fondly remembers going to the High’s in the 80's (where Tippy's Taco is now) for hand-dipped ice cream. She says, “My dad would take our dog Sasha with us. My mom would get a scoop of butter pecan, my dad black raspberry and I would get mint chip.” She laughs, “I think Sasha probably got vanilla. We would sit outside on the curb and my dad would hold Sasha's cone for her. I remember people looking at us a little funny.” Nancy adds, “At home, we made strawberry with strawberries that we picked, cherry vanilla with cherries that we picked, blackberry, banana, chocolate (for my sister) and peach. I remember going to the Williams Peach Orchard in Morrisville. We would buy a bushel or so and come home and make ice cream (and preserves, and canned peaches!). The peach was my favorite.” “We always had company when we made the ice cream,” says Nancy. “We were lucky to have most of our family – grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins – live around Town, and they would come and join us. This made waiting for the ice cream go a little faster. These are good memories. Maybe that is why I love ice cream so much now!” Nancy Nye and her mom, Mattie Mae Wines, continue the family traditions of sharing time together over ice cream with Nancy’s children and
her husband, Pat. “If we are getting hand dipped cones,” says Nancy, “my mom will still get butter pecan and my sister will join us and get chocolate, and I still like mint chip. I think it reminds me of my dad.” She adds, “We just recently took my brother a huge brownie sundae when he was recuperating from knee surgery. I guess ice cream can be a medicine too!” Today, Fauquier is home to many local ice creameries and eateries that serve delicious ice creams and iced treats. Messick’s Farm Market in Midland plans to expand its ice cream business that just opened in a corner of its shop this spring. Jimmy Messick, owner, shares, “Ice cream has always been a part of our family traditions. We’re looking for ways to bring
that to the community.” Currently, Messick’s offers hand dipped cones in several “flavors of the day” including strawberry and chocolate – traditional favorites. Currently, Messick’s makes its own strawberry topping from its fresh berries, which is served over cups or cones and available for purchase inside the market. As National Ice Cream Day approaches this month, what local eateries will offer specials and new menu items? How will you celebrate National Ice Cream Month with your friends and family? Enjoy the above contributed recipe if you’d like to try something new with your family or neighbors this summer!
ICE CREAM FACT OR MYTH? (Source: National Day Calendar nationaldaycalendar.com) • Thousands of years ago, when the weather was hot, people in the Persian Empire would put snow (saved in underground chambers) in a bowl, pour grape-juice concentrate over it and ate it as a treat. • It is believed that ice cream was first introduced into the US by Quaker colonists who brought their ice cream recipes with them. Their ice cream was sold at shops in NY and other cities during the colonial era. • Ben Franklin, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were known to have been regular eaters of ice cream. • 1813: First Lady Dolley Madison served ice cream at the Inaugural Ball. • 1832: African American confectioner, Augustus Jackson created multiple ice cream recipes as well as a superior technique to manufacture ice cream. • 1843: Philadelphian, Nancy Johnson, was issued the first U.S. patent for a small-scale hand-cranked ice cream freezer.
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lover and not a fighter. She’s a certified therapy dog with Heartland Hospice— and while her main mission is to visit with Heartland’s patients, she happily conducts weekly visits with any and all dog lovers wherever her paws propel her. She brings lots smiles and joy wherever that may be, and opens doors to conversation. After remarking about how big her paws are (that seems to be the comment most often made), or her big fluffy head, often the discussion turns to the special pets that they had and how much they meant to them. As one patient who had just had a birthday and was feeling low said at the end of a visit, “you’ve really brightened my day…thank you so much!” She then broke into a huge, and genuine, smile.
A Lover, Not a Fighter NIKITA!!!!! Come here and see me, girl! That’s the reaction invariably when Gunnery Sergeant (honorary) Nikita visits the residents and staff of Amerisist of Warrenton, as well as other health and rehabilitation and nursing facilities in the area. And while Nikita is an honorary Marine, she’s really a
We Honor Veterans Nikita is part of Heartland’s We Honor Veterans program, a joint Veterans Affairs (VA) and National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) initiative aimed at ensuring the unique needs of veterans are met. What this means for patients is: they have access to a dedicated Veteran Program Coordinator
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who screens for veterans benefits and facilitates in securing any benefits they might be eligible for; pairing up veteran volunteers with patients who would like friendly visits from other veterans; and Heartland staff is educated on the effects of military service so that they are aware of what impact this may have on their patient. Also, and while not specifically a component of the We Honor Veteran program, each veteran is offered the opportunity to tell his or her story for inclusion in the Library of Congress’ Veterans History Project. Their interview is digitally recorded, burned to a disk, and along with photographs, manuscripts, etc., and submitted to the American Folklife Center’s archives within the Library of Congress—where future generations will have access to their unique contribution to our nation’s defense. Additionally, the patient and family receive a disk as well for handing down to future generations. Community Outreach The myriad of veterans’ benefits— and who qualifies for what—is confusing, if not downright dumbfounding. To add to the confusion, there are three main, and vastly differing categories of benefits through the VA: health care, financial compensation, and burial and memorial—all handled by different divisions within the organization. Many, if not most, veterans don’t realize they might very well qualify for some assistance from the VA but have never investigated the possibilities. To help “get the word out” and educate July 2015
veterans, their families, and those in the community who might come into contact with veterans (community groups, churches, hospitals, assisting living/nursing facilities, etc.), Heartland provides community information sessions; and, anyone with questions can simply contact Heartland’s Warrenton office and ask to speak with the Veteran Program Coordinator for assistance. What is Required to Pursue Any Benefits: Discharge/Separation Papers. The importance of this cannot be overstated. A copy of the discharge papers is the key to accessing any benefits. If you have a veteran in the family, ask them where a copy of theirs is—and have them show you where they keep it. Better yet, make several copies and distribute them within the family. If pre-arranging a funeral, a veteran might want to provide a copy to the funeral home as well if they will want funeral honors or burial in a VA cemetery. With a copy, when the time comes the funeral director can arrange with the military service to provide an honor guard, as well as secure the flag for the casket and presentation to the family. Currently, this form is known as the DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty. Prior to 1950, there were several other designations: WD AGO 53, WD AGO 55, WD AGO 53-55, NAVPERS 553, NAVMC 78PD and the NAVCG 553. If these documents can’t be found, they can be requested from the National
Archives at http://www.archives.gov/ veterans/military-service-records/index. html. A Few Myths About Who’s Eligible for VA Benefits “I didn’t serve in combat, so I don’t rate any benefits” This is absolutely not the case, but is a widely held belief. While some benefits (certainly not all) do require service during a wartime period, few require actual combat. As an example, one veteran, when being screened for possible health care or financial benefits, said he didn’t have any illnesses or injuries during his service. Later, however, it was learned he had been a Navy fighter pilot, had ejected from his aircraft, and instantly lost an inch in height when his spine was compressed by the extreme force involved in an ejection—and indicated he did have back pain. He was “old school”, and took this as just part of the job; however, he might very well qualify for a couple different VA programs: monthly disability compensation for a service connected injury, and VA-provided health care for that injury if it was determined that his current back issues were related to his service. For serviceconnected injuries or illness, there is no requirement that a veteran served during wartime, just that it resulted from, or was aggravated by, his or her military service. “I only did one hitch, so I don’t rate burial in a VA cemetery” Again, not the case. Basically, if a veteran served under conditions other than dishonorable, the chances are they—and their spouse—qualify for burial in a VA cemetery. There are some length-of-service requirements depending on when the veteran entered the service, but most who did a typical enlistment will likely qualify. With two VA cemeteries right in our local area— Culpeper and Quantico—it’s important veterans realize this. Another important point to realize is that all costs, once the veteran’s remains arrive at the VA cemetery, are paid for by the VA, including the headstone. More detailed information can be found at the web link http://www.cem.va.gov/ “I don’t have a disability compensation rating from the VA for a service-related illness or injury, so I’m not eligible for any benefits through VA health care” 51
Veteran Robert Cropp enjoying a visit with Nikita. Mr. Cropp served in the Navy during the 1950’s.
You guessed it, not true. While there are some basic requirements for eligibility, the VA states on their website that—because there are so many exceptions to the requirements—they encourage ALL veterans to apply. And, having a service-connected illness or injury really only comes into play in regard as to whether the veteran might have a co-pay for any medical services performed. Veterans can apply online at http://www.va.gov/health/ A Few Little Known Benefits Veterans Pension This is a monthly payment for no to low-income veterans with limited assets (generally speaking, less than $80,000 in assets—not including the veteran’s home and vehicles). Additionally, a veteran who needs assistance with activities of daily living may also qualify for an increased pension amount, known as Aid and Attendance. This extra is provided to help the veteran to help pay for the cost of outside caregivers to assist in the home with bathing, meal preparation, etc. Survivors Pension. Very similar to the Veterans Pension—but for a surviving spouse of a deceased veteran. And, it can also be increased for Aid and Attendance if the spouse requires assistance with activities of daily living. Homemaker and Home Health Aide Care. Basically, for veterans who
need assistance with activities of daily living. This benefit is accessed through the VA health care system and is not tied to financial need. To pursue, a veteran would need to enroll in the VA health system, make an appointment, and when seen, specifically ask to be consider for this program. If approved, the VA would then contract directly with a local in-home home health aide company to provide a certain number of hours per week. While many VA health centers have a waiting list for this service, patients in hospice care are expedited. The above benefits are just a few, but are ones that can be most helpful— especially to aging veterans no longer in the workforce and who may be dealing with health problems. The Veterans Pension and Survivors Pensions do have additional eligibility requirements in addition to financial need, details of which can be found at http://www. benefits.va.gov/PENSION/ A Little Known, But Tremendous Community Asset: Virginia Department of Veterans Services This is a Commonwealth of Virginia agency, dedicated to supporting our veterans. While they have a multitude of services, one of the most important is their Veterans Service Representative. As the name implies, they represent the veteran in regard to the pursuit of services. Given the wide-ranging and confusing multitude of veterans’ benefits available—and differing eligibility requirements for different ones—the assistance these folks provide can’t be overstated. Quite simply, they do all the heavy lifting when it comes to determining and applying for many VA benefits. To utilize their service, the
veteran/veteran’s family meets with the representative for their area, signs a letter that allows them to act on behalf of the veteran with the VA, provides the information necessary for the whatever benefit is being applied for, and the Veterans Service Representative takes the ball and runs with it. The veteran no longer has to determine what benefit he or she qualifies for, navigate the somewhat confusing application process, or communicate with the VA if the application hits any snags. The Veterans Service Representative does all this, and more. And even better, there’s no fee. The Virginia Department of Veterans Services has representatives positioned throughout the Commonwealth, but the office that serves Warrenton is located just a short hop over to Front Royal. However, to make it even easier on veterans they also come to Warrenton once a month—meeting at the American Legion every third Wednesday. To make an appointment, veterans can call their office at (540) 635-4201. What Can You Do for Veterans? Heartland can always use folks willing to give some time for veterans (or any of our patients). At any given time, about half are either veterans or the spouses of veterans. Many would love a friendly visit for an hour a time or two throughout the month—or any time you can give. You’ll likely find you receive just as much in return, if not more, than you give. For those who are veterans themselves, please consider becoming part of our Veteran-to-Veteran Volunteer Program, in which we pair veteran volunteers with patients that specifically ask that their volunteer to be a veteran themselves. Some veterans, particularly those who’ve seen combat or other traumatic experiences during their service, will prefer to spend time with another vet. The shared culture and experiences allows them to connect on a deeper level, and perhaps ultimately feel comfortable to unburden themselves—sharing their thoughts and memories.
David Benhoff, the Veteran Program Coordinator for Heartland Hospice in Warrenton, is a retired Marine. He can be reached at 540-349-3970. He graduated from Virginia Military Service Institute. Upon completing his education, he entered the Marines in 1986 and retired in 2012. During his service, he was an intelligence officer and was deployed a number of times, including Operation Just Cause (the invasion of Panama) in 1989; Iraq in 2005 (Operation Iraqi Freedom); and Afghanistan in 2009 (Operation Enduring Freedom). 52
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Warrenton Is A Beautiful and Functional Town By Louis Ginesi Dominguez Warrenton is a beautiful and unique town located just a few miles from the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s capital. With wonderful well maintained landscaping all over and strikingly majestic flowering trees to treat the eye - it reminds one of an arboretum. The clean and orderly town is not only attractive but functional. It is a town where the old blends with the new in a harmonious and interesting way. The blending of businesses with commercial retail stores and residential areas resembles an architectural dream. Gleaming sidewalks offer the walker and jogger a unique trail around town where the sights change every few yards and it is inviting and safe. There are no cardboard signs to mar the view anywhere nor a single piece of trash. The town is super clean. It shows that those who live and visit this wonderful town are environmentally conscious and respectful of all the work and money that has gone into making it one of the most welcoming towns in Virginia. Then there is Main Street - dotted with quaint shops, a Post Office, an historic courthouse, a Museum, and other interesting features. It also offers a safe and friendly walking experience. Warrenton is the type of town where an elderly couple can take a walk safely just as a young mother can with her baby or small children. Warrenton is a patriotic town where American flags can be seen undulating with the wind in high and low places. It is a town where well behaved children can be seen walking to and from school that are close to their home. Fine public and private schools are another townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s asset. Residents of the town and surrounding communities can be proud of calling this location home. Our town is also a place where everyone gets along and tries to help one another - from holding a door open for an elderly or handicapped person to asking a total stranger 54
sleeping in a car if he or she needs help. This makes Warrenton a compassionate and caring community. Car dealerships even co-exist with a variety of other businesses because they are low key, clean and inviting. And they compete in a friendly manner. The Japanese Cherry blossoms are wonderful in Washington, DC, but so are the many cherry trees all over Warrenton. Residents do not need to go all the way to the city to enjoy the beauty and the fragrance of the blossoms. Even the retaining stone walls around Warrenton are pieces of art not usually found anywhere else in Virginia. Our town thrives in the midst of commuter traffic and the heavily populated areas in the rest of Northern Virginia. Warrenton is inviting and residents can find almost everything they need without having to drive long distances and provides an attractiveness that rivals Williamsburg and other towns in the
Commonwealth of Virginia. History and historical structures abound and they provide a look into the past. Warrenton has a great diversity of restaurants and fast food offerings as well as many take out eateries. With supermarkets that are easily accessible. Plus, this area offers nationally famous horse races and events like The Gold Cup. These events attract local horse lovers and those in the Washington Metropolitan area and other far away places. The Farmers Market offers residents fresh produce, spices, flowers and fruits grown locally. Plus, the farmers that participate in the market add to the charm of the town. Warrenton is a wonderful place to live, raise a family, and work. This town is an all American community that thrives as a conservative, quiet, and peaceful place. Article By: Louis Ginesi Dominguez, a Warrenton resident, comments on community life and current issues that affect life in America.
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WALKING OUR NEIGHBORHOODS The Gift of Whitney State Forest
By Edda Berglund of “Clymb and Wyne” Solvitur Ambulando (Solved by Walking) “In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks” -John Muir. Mr. Muir was a very wise person. Indeed, a sojourn in nature’s offering can help lift the spirit and heal the soul. No time for “sojourning” you say? Think again. What if you were told that you could hike on trails resplendent with the scent of wild honeysuckle and roses, the kaleidoscope of buttercup and foxglove meadows and the symphony presented by warblers, jays and vireos… all a short distance from your home? This cornucopia of nature’s bounty can be enjoyed at Warrenton’s 56
Whitney State Forest, a gift of land donated in 1972 to the State of Virginia - courtesy of Mrs. Helen Whitney Gibson. Whitney, a little known hidden Piedmont gem, nestled between neighborhoods and pavement, offers the tranquility of a remote wildlife sanctuary without the travel time required for a Skyline destination. Whether one is in the mood for a leisurely morning stroll or a more vigorous bike ride, Whitney State Forest offers six miles of flat to moderately graded trails. The Park boasts 148 acres to be enjoyed by flora and butterfly enthusiasts or those simply interested in communing with nature without the burden of the travel time necessary to reach other walking and hiking trails.
As conveniently accessed as it is don’t let Whitney’s proximity to pavement and neighborhood homes deceive you. Within seconds of walking from the entrance of the Park, past the trailhead, you will feel the slight decrease in temperature thanks to a thick canopy created by yellow-poplars, pignut hickories and Virginia pines. As you wander farther into the woods, the silent salutation of a whitetail deer or the plaintive cries of a red-tailed hawk will fool you into believing you are deep in the wilderness rather than enjoying nature’s retreat just minutes from Old Town. Most of Whitney’s terrain is flat or gently graded but be sure to pay attention as you are visualizing that Warrenton Lifestyle
Though the inspiration for Robert William Service’s poem, “Trees Against the Sky” was most likely inspired by his pilgrimages to the Canadian Yukon, the sentiment can certainly apply to the majesty of Whitney’s ornament of trees, both young and ancient.
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post-hike frozen treat. Though the trails are relatively unfettered by obstacles you will encounter small, shallow creeks to traverse. Be sure to wear sturdy, water-resistant footwear that will survive an occasional dip in the water of a meandering stream. Although Whitney State Forest is a wildlife sanctuary it is also used for research and timber production. The Clymb and Wyne gals were curious to know why certain plots of land along the trails appeared sparsely populated by mature trees. In fact, wanderers along the paths will note areas that are meadow-like, bright with unimpeded sunlight. This is due to the regulated practice of “thinning” and “clearcutting” managed by the Virginia Department of Forestry. In particular, stands of pine trees have been thinned to improve the overall health of the forest. Thinning reduces the chance of invasion by the southern pine bark beetle and encourages other plant growth, a food source for indigenous wildlife.
Years ago one could find white pine stands growing in the forest. Due to the decline in health of that species, the Forestry Department clear cut the stands and, in their places, planted shortleaf pines. The shortleaf is what you will view, both juveniles and more mature pines, as you journey through the forest. In fact, the Forestry Department is in the process of populating other Piedmont area forests with shortleaf seedlings. There is a lot of work that goes into preserving and maintaining the health of the forests for our enjoyment. (The Forestry Department asks that you not remove or introduce any plant life as you enjoy the bounty of Whitney State Forest. This ensures that invasive species of plants and insects will not be introduced to the forest or spread to other Piedmont ecosystems. ). Nonetheless, the glory that is the result of Mother Earth’s natural curatorship beckons the traveler to follow the fern bordered trails to another vista of nature’s offering.
Trees, trees against the sky O I have loved them well! There are pleasures you cannot buy, Treasurers you cannot sell, And not the smallest of these Is the gift and glory of trees. . . . So I gaze and I know now why It is good to live - and to die. . . . Trees and the Infinite Sky.
Do yourself a favor and venture to one of Warrenton’s understated hiking and walking destinations. Be sure to take along water, sunscreen, camera and your four-legged friend. In fact, if your four-legged friend happens to be of the equine variety, no to worries. On its recent hike to Whitney, Clymb and Wyne Gals were greeted by horses taking their owners for a walk! Bicycle enthusiasts will also enjoy the relatively even plain of many trail routes. Getting to Whitney State Forest is easy and quick: From Springs Road take Lee’s Ridge Road to Whitney on your right. Free parking is available for vehicles and horse trailers.
This article was written by Edda Berglund, co-founder of Clymb and Wyne. Clymb and Wyne members are passionate oenophiles with a love for nature, hiking and fellowship. They gather every 2nd Sunday of the month (all year- even in January). The creation of our group was in direct response to Boots n Beer- why should men have all the fun? Now, Boots n Beer and Clymb and Wyne are the “not-so-officially” Fauquier’s guys and gals hiking clubs. Both groups participate together in some hikes and supporting charitable events. For more information on Clymb and Wyne, visit their Facebook page www.facebook.com/clymbandwyne.
A New twist on all-american eats The Red, White & Blue Burger by Rebekah Grier
There are few foods as American as beef. So in thinking about what we should eat to show our patriotism this Fourth of July, I concluded that there’s nothing more patriotic than burgers. And when I think of burgers, I think of my husband. My husband enjoys beef. I don’t think I’ve met a man who doesn’t. Maybe the natural affinity for a hunk of red meat cooked over a fire has lingered from our less-civilized days. Who knows? When my husband and I were still 58
dating, I noticed that at any restaurant where black and blue burgers were served, Seth would order one. I was unfamiliar with this particular type of burger, but have since come to learn that it’s actually quite a popular recipe. It’s also Seth’s favorite type of burger – I learned that, too. A black and blue burger is typically a ground chuck patty seasoned with a generous amount of pepper or blackening seasoning and topped with blue cheese. The smoky, peppery flavor of the seasoning brings
out the earthy pungency of the blue cheese while everything is coated and mellowed-out by the fatty, rich flavor of the beef. It’s definitely a step up from a plain burger with a slice of American cheese (although there’s nothing wrong with that!). While Seth loves red meat, he doesn’t typically eat a lot of it, so any situation where he does consume more than an average amount, is really saying something about the quality of that dish. Probably the only food experience that he loves to retell Warrenton Lifestyle
perfectly illustrates this point. Right after Seth finished grad school in Chicago, his parents took him to dinner at a swanky American steakhouse to celebrate. Ordering the horseradish crusted strip steak, he took one bite, and then another, until the entire sixteen-ounce steak was gone. This year, in honor of my husband, I have combined his two red meat favorites to bring you a twist on some all-American eats…The Red, White, and Blue Burger. The breakdown is as follows. The red comes from the 80/20 ground chuck. The white comes from the horseradish crust. And the blue comes from that funky cheese. You may only be familiar with horseradish in tartar sauce, but as
illustrated in Seth’s steak story, it can also go really well with beef. Horseradish has a unique flavor similar to wasabi and mustard – two foods that come from the same plant family. Unlike other spicy foods, such as chili peppers, that are typically associated with heat, horseradish has a citrusytype of peppery spice that is “tasted” more in your sinuses rather than on your tongue – and no heat. Blue cheese is one of those ingredients that is typically very polarizing, creating strong fans and strong haters. But blue cheese is really more of an umbrella category for a whole range of cheeses. The blue cheese family actually includes the popular Gorgonzola, Roquefort and
Stilton, among others - all ranging in their density, flavor, and pungency. One of the defining characteristics, however, of the blue cheese family is the bluegray or blue-green vein network of mold cultures. This harmless mold is partially responsible for that sharp, earthy pungency usually associated with cheeses in this family. When you put these ingredients together for our Red, White, and Blue Burger, what you get is a luscious, fatty burger with notes of tangy creaminess from the cheese, cut through with bursts of a light spiciness from the horseradish. Wave a flag, watch some fireworks, and eat this baby. It’ll have you singing a whole new anthem.
The Recipe Red, White, and Blue Burgers. INGREDIENTS: For the Burger: 24 oz of 80/20 ground chuck (4, 6oz patties) ¾ teaspoon salt 1½ teaspoons pepper 1 cup crumbled blue cheese, lightly packed For the Horseradish Crust: 3 tablespoons butter 3 tablespoons horseradish ¼ cup panko breadcrumbs ½ teaspoon salt
DIRECTIONS: * (I chose to cook my burgers in a cast iron skillet, but you can also cook these burgers on a grill.) 1. Prepare the horseradish crust first so it has time to chil. Soften the butter and cream with a spoon in a medium-sized bowl. Mix in the horseradish, panko, and salt. Cover and chill in refrigerator until ready. 2. Heat your cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. While your pan is warming, mix together in a large bowl all the burger ingredients (your hands are really the best tools for this). Divide equally into four patties. Cook patties for no longer than 5 minutes on each side. Four minutes each side will yield a more medium-rare burger.
Makes 4 burgers.
3. When you’re almost done cooking your burger patties, make sure your top oven rack is in the top rack and turn your broiler on high. When the burgers are done cooking, pull out your butter-horseradish mixture. Place the burger patties in a shallow baking dish. Working quickly, spread the mixture evenly on top of the four burgers. Place the burgers under the broiler until the “crust” is a golden brown. This process may only take a minute or two, so keep an eye on it. 4. When the burgers are done, put them together with a grilled or toasted bun, slice of juicy tomato, lettuce leaf and a smear of Dijon mustard. Happy Fourth of July! 59
Returning Distilling Operations To Virginia Belle Vodka By Debbie Eisele Allan Townsend Lunsford, a native Warrentonian, has a passion for both local and family history. Following in his ancestors’ footsteps, Townsend remains here with his three children and his business, Old Dominion Spirits. His Old Town office is decorated with paintings and photos of family from the Civil War era to present. History books and memorabilia adorn bookshelves, walls and tables and each has a story that Towny likes to share with visitors. Lunsford, known as Towny to friends, strives to return some old traditions to their roots. According to him, whiskey distillation (in the New World) started here in Virginia. He described his path he chose, “Our business initially started in 2007 (400th Anniversary of Virginia) when I incorporated T. Lunsford & Sons, Distillers while living in Florida. At that time, I couldn’t launch and it was put on hold. In 2012, I reincorporated as Old Dominion Spirits based here in Warrenton. My earliest booze mentors were Jay Adams (former CEO of Bowman Spirits) and Joe Dangler (Former Master Distiller of 60
Bowman Spirits). These valuable and experienced gentlemen were critical to me as I began to formulate my market strategy, cost of goods, etc…. I still call them when I need an educated opinion.” When asked what good advice they offered, he said, “They taught me to think and when you have to figure things out, think again.” He integrates this mantra into all his endeavors. “Another key element for me is that I have a great, smart group of initial investors who believed in me when I was ready to take the steps to actually bring Belle Vodka to market.” Towny explained, “We offer a premium vodka that is American owned and American made. We wanted to deliver a product that can compete with the top foreign brands from an aesthetic sense and taste profile. Our price point sets us apart - we offer a premium product at an exceptional price. Only choice grains and crystal pure water are used in the four times distilled (by master distillers) vodka.” This libation exhibits top quality not only in taste but in its appearance by incorporating crystal frosted glass, silk screened label, Warrenton Lifestyle
Poplarsprings - Belle Vodka Tasting Event at Poplar Springs, May 8, 2015 Above: Belle Vodka Tasting Event at Poplar Springs, May 8, 2015. Top right: Much research and reading went into the development of Belle Vodka, much of conducted in Townys’ office on the corner of Culpeper and Wall Streets. Below: Townsend Lunsford custom designed neck strap and a cork. Distilling operations are run from three states, but Lunsford said, “Eventually I want to move all facets of business into the Warrenton/Fauquier area”. When asked about what the future holds Towny simple said, “My three year plan is to expand Belle throughout the eastern seaboard, Latin America and into Canada. We are excited to offer a product with good presentation and exquisite taste to our customers.” He challenges all vodka enthusiasts to taste his vodka and compare it to the quality of other brands. “There are several micro-distillers currently producing fine products throughout Virginia and we want to throw our hat into that ring as well. We not only want to be a brand owner, but a brand maker (Bourbon) as well.” Belle Vodka may be purchased in local ABC stores. Townsend Lunsford
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