Warrenton Lifestyle Magazine March 2009

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Dedicated to

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Warrenton Lifestyle contributing photographer Karl Pittelkau, 48, died on December 22, 2008 at Fauquier Hospital. Karl was a loving husband, father, son, brother and uncle. He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Sandra Pittelkau, and his daughter, Krystal Pittelkau, a senior at James Madison University. Karl worked as a photographer for more than twenty years, most recently as the owner of White Post Photography. Locally, he worked for the Fauquier Citizen and Fauquier Times-Democrat newspapers. If you ever attended a local business, formal, sporting or social event, chances are you didn’t escape Karl’s camera. School Board member Sally Murray was quick to point out Karl’s recent major contribution to our community. Last fall, he contacted Mrs. Murray suggesting that Fauquier County Public Schools include a link on their web page which would enable individuals and businesses to match items they wished to donate with school needs. The School Board supported his suggestion. The result is a new Me2You link on the school website, www.fcps1.org. Karl’s legacy continues. Memorial contributions may be made to the Pittelkau Fund at Fauquier Bank, 10 Courthouse Square, Warrenton, VA 20186. 8

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Continued from page 14 one of my favorite things was that the Marriott helped me make sure that they were entertained and accommodated specifically. The children actually had their own buffet and their own game area!” stated Jennifer. The menu at the Carino wedding turned out to be pleasing to everyone’s tastes. “My husband is from Mexico, and naturally most of his guests were as well, so our first priority was to have a menu that would please both our American and Mexican guests. We had prime rib, chicken and a variety of sides that incorporated Mexican and American flavors. The kids had their own buffet with hot dogs and other kid food,” the bride stated. Themealconcludedwithaweddingcake by Wanda Lord-Steele of Wanda’s Cakes. ”I am not a big cake person, so for me 16

personally, the look of the cake was more important than the taste, and it looked exactly how I wanted it to. I thought it was beautiful and it turned out exactly how I wanted. It tasted great too,” Jennifer said.

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KidSafe is a community service sponsored by Fauquier Health, Fauquier Hospital Auxiliary and Highland School. The booster seat raffle that will take place at the event is sponsored by Carr & Hyde, Inc., Puffenbarger Insurance Agency, Learning about fire safety is more fun Wal-Mart and Joe when you’re wearing the proper hat. Runion, State Farm. KidSafe will offer the following health and safety classes: • Home alone safety (Warrenton Pediatrics): Kids who spend time alone need to know what to do in a variety of potentially dangerous situations. Learn important safety advice from the experts. • First aid (Piedmont Pediatrics): Do you know what to do if you or someone else gets hurt? Sometimes you need more than a bandage. Come and learn how you can help people and when you need to call an adult to help. • Bike safety (Warrenton Police

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• Body safety for kids (Fauquier County Sheriff ’s Office and Fauquier County Social Services): This class will help you understand the difference between “good” and “bad” touch and how to say no when you want someone to keep their hands off. • Weather safety (Mike Eckert, National Weather Service in Washington): Tornadoes, thunderstorms, floods and hail — find out what causes them and how you can keep safe. • Animal safety (Piedmont Pets Veterinary Clinic): How do you know when petting an animal is safe? Dog bites and cat scratches aren’t fun, so come learn the best way to introduce yourself to unfamiliar animals.

• Self-defense for kids (Grand Master Ron Jenkins, Karate Sports Academy): Learn some smooth moves to help if you’re ever in a dangerous situation. • Safety with electricity (Dominion Virginia Power): Electricity is very helpful and important — but it can be dangerous. Let a professional show you the ins and outs of staying safe with things that use electricity. Members of the Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office will be offering free child fingerprinting at KidSafe. It’s the best tool to help find your child if he or she is ever lost. Call Fauquier Health at 540-3163588 or visit www. fauquierhealth.org.

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Real Estate: Past, Present & Future How did we get here? What went wrong? How do we fix it? By Dawn Arruda


n real estate, the past affects the future so it’s important to look back to understand real estate today. The recent wave started around 2002 when housing prices began to appreciate due to low inventory. New home construction pushed the demand for houses which continued to push up prices. As new home construction increased, so did resale homes, allowing many home owners the opportunity to move up to the next level. During this same time period, relaxed lending practices allowed many home buyers more purchasing power. This led to further demand increases causing prices to climb at an unprecedented rate. The ability to get very risky loans including interest only loans, points and buy downs rolled into loans, high loan-to-value ratio loans, negative amortization loans, etc., all made it easy to afford more home! At the same time, everyone was having quite a party with home equity loans, purchasing new cars, furniture, decks, patios, finished basements, investment properties etc. LIFE WAS GOOD until around 2008 when… Everyone was tapped out! Mortgages were beginning to reset at much higher rates, increasing house payments well beyond what the average home buyer could afford. Couple that with gas prices reaching record highs and, before you know it, THE PARTY IS OVER! 22

Like a bad hangover, we painfully had to face what was happening. Homeowners started to default on their mortgages, sometimes just walking away because they did not know what else to do. New home construction fell off dramatically, layoffs started, loans continued to default in record numbers, banks were losing BIG and the cycle of the down turn began and that little hangover became an insurmountable migraine.

House prices started to drop almost as drastically as they went up and no one could refinance because the “equity” that everyone counted on was gone. As an example, let’s say a house in neighborhood X sold brand new in 2003 for $426,000. That same house in 2005-06 was selling for $777,000!

Today, that home is probably selling for $430,000 on a short sale. If this house only had a modest gain of 3% a year, its value would be somewhere around $483,900 instead of $430,000 in today’s market. On average, real estate has appreciated at a rate of 6%. So, why did anyone think that we could sustain a 20 to 30 percent annual growth rate? Annual cost of living, on average, only goes up maybe 4%. Instead of a realistic modest gain, we are now seeing severe depreciation. Basic economics should have smacked us in the face way before we lost control. Now, we can blame Congress for loosening the lending restrictions (because they thought everyone should own a home) or the mortgage companies for their creative lending practices, or the appraisal companies for making the appraisal fit (they had comparables in most cases and also pressure from the lenders), or the realtors who drove you around to find a house that was still available because we could not write contracts fast enough. The bottom line in all of this is that buyers signed on for houses they could not afford. No one was forced to sign the papers. By law, loan documents had to be explained to you. You had the right to read them, ask questions, and more importantly, you could walk away if you did not agree with the terms of the loan. You and Real Estate Continued on page 24 Warrenton Lifestyle

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Continued from page 22 only you were the responsible party that signed that note. Buyer Beware! Let’s do a little more math to explain the financial situation better. (Note: Specific figures are estimates and are being used for illustrative purposes only.) Let’s assume Mr. and Mrs. X make $120,000 a year, have excellent credit and were able to scrape up 3.5% for a down payment required by FHA (the large majority of loans used today). They asked the home owner of the property to help them out by kicking in approximately 3% for closing assistance. Mr. and Mrs. X are able to afford a home valued at approximately $450,000 if they keep their other debt at no more than $1,200 per month. In this example, we are using a 5% loan with 1 point at 31% ratio of house to income. Their payments will be about $3,000.00 with PITI (principle, interest, taxes and homeowner’s insurance) and mortgage insurance. Why is this so important to know? If most families in your demographic area are averaging $120,000 in income and banks are not easily lending money, then how can new homebuyers buy a home these days? In my opinion, we need to reeducate the public on the home buying process by bringing the thinking back to a more modest 24

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they did before the big party! In order to stabilize the market, banks need to continue to work hard to keep people in their homes and we need to clear the enormous amount of inventory of homes that currently exist. Consider the high rate of foreclosures, the current and future short sales, and rising unemployment, and we have more homes for sale than home buyers. Today is truly a perfect time to purchase a home. If done correctly, it may be one of the best solid investments

for future wealth. Potential buyers should continue paying down their debts and monitor their credit. Firsttime home buyers who are ready to purchase should call a trusted realtor or mortgage representative. All those who’ve recently lost their homes still need a place to rent until they recover from their losses. Many of them still have good incomes, just not enough to sustain those ARM adjustments. This is a great opportunity for investors purchasing rental properties. If you have equity and you want to move up, now is a great time to acquire a valuable property but you must be realistic about your current home’s value. Home owners who are in trouble or who think they might be heading in that direction still have options to recover. You just have to ask for help. There are plenty of good realtors that are still in the business. They love what they do and they know the market. And it’s still free to ask questions! We all have to work together to correct this mess that we brought upon ourselves, but it can be done. It is time to get back to the basics and slowly, but surely, we will recover. Like that bad hangover, the headache will eventually go away and we will begin to feel better, but next time let’s not party till we drop! Warrenton Lifestyle

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hen I first heard of the Warrenton Garden Tour I assumed I would learn about gardening, soil preparation, planting, cutting, arranging, etc. Yet, as I delved into the chasm that envelops the Warrenton Garden Club, I quickly realized that it would be a lesson in history, conservationism, architecture, design, beauty and local pride. The Warrenton Garden Tour is so much more than just a pretty drive through the countryside to appreciate horticulture. On Wednesday, April 22 and Thursday, April 23, five Warrenton homeowners will open their doors to tourists to showcase


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unique and elegant features of their homes, landscapes and history. “The homeowners are so gracious to let us put their homes on the tour,” says Sally Hodgkin, club member and Publicity Chairperson for the event. “It really is a lot of work for them.” The Warrenton Garden Club selects five unique, and sometimes historic, homes each time they participate in the garden tour, which is sponsored by The Garden Club of Virginia. Because the local club partners with the Loudoun Garden Club for this event, the Warrenton Garden Club only participates every other year. Homes are chosen for the tour at least one year in advance and selected

homeowners are expected to have their homes (or portions of it), as well as their landscape and gardens, in showcase shape by the dates of the tour. This year’s chosen homes are Yorkshire House, Hopefield, Elway Hall, StoneLedge and Hillsborough Farm, all in Warrenton. Each home features something reminiscent of a wedding day to-do list: something old, something new, something designed and something bloomed. Yorkshire House, located on Winchester Street, was built in 1939 amid ten scenic acres and has the honor Garden Tour Continued on page 30

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Continued from page 28 of being on the National Register of Historic Places. Among its features are distinct architectural details from Colonial, Art Deco and Art Moderne styles. Mr. and Mrs. John J. Norman own the property and their love for gardening led them to restore four acres of landscaping. Visitors to Yorkshire House will find gardening delights both inside and outside including a terraced garden at the rear of the house which features a fish pond and flowering bulbs and trees, rare botanical prints, and a garden fountain doubling as a sink in the powder room. At Hopefield, located next to the Airlie Conference Center, garden tour participants will cascade down the picturesque drive, reminiscent of Gone with the Wind’s Twelve Oaks, to face a stately Colonial Revival-style brick estate situated on 190 acres. The property has been in the Wallach family for four 30

Pictured here and on page 28: Yorkshire Gardens generations and was recently placed in conservation easement to ensure its preservation. “The original part of the house was built in 1855 and my grandparents bought the estate in 1924 and added onto it,” says the home’s current resident Bibi de Heller. She and her

family are very proud of the heritage Hopefield demonstrates, not only their own, but also the history of Virginia and

Warrenton. “It’s a very old house with interesting art, silver, sculptures and paneling that was taken from another family home in Washington D.C. The home also features English-style flower gardens.” According to de Heller, the gardens at Hopefield are so enticing that they have become the traditional gathering place for her family’s reunions and wedding receptions. There are many unique features to be found at Elway Hall, currently owned by renowned interior designer Barry Dixon and Michael Schmidt. The house was built in 1907 by U.S. Senator Johnson Newlon Camden for his daughter and son-in-law. At the time, it was the largest residence in the Town of Warrenton. Elway Hall boasts a stone façade made of native rock heaved to the site by oxen, walls that are two and a half feet thick, 14-foot high ceilings, a majestic winding staircase, 16 fireplaces and an extensive upper hallway that connects ten bedrooms. The grand estate has recently Garden Tour Continued on page 32 Warrenton Lifestyle

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which has been covered in several major media pieces, also features gardens on its 15 acres that include copper beech trees, magnolia trees, pin oak and walnut trees, dogwoods, redbuds and hollies. In addition to the splendors of Elway Hall and its surrounding scenic landscape, the owners have planned a showing of the Warrenton foxhounds to delight guests during the garden tour. Perhaps the most unique feature of StoneLedge is that it has the historic feel of the other homes on the

garden tour even though it is less than five years old. The residence’s owners, Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. Kucharski, put a great deal of thought, research and effort into building an estate befitting the Virginia countryside. They’ve modeled StoneLedge after Drayton Hall, a colonial historic landmark in Charleston, South Carolina and Gunston Hall Plantation, the home of George Mason located on the Potomac River just south of Mount Vernon. StoneLedge not only lends itself to the architectural stylings of our nation’s oldest homes, it also contains reclaimed materials including 150-year old beams from a mid-nineteenth century Pennsylvania inn. Reproduction chairs and tables decorating the home’s interior were made with centuries-old wood. The gardens surrounding StoneLedge feature an aesthetically pleasing arrangement of breath-taking trees, shrubs and flowers leading up to a seating area. Whether or not the sun chooses to grace the dates Garden Tour Continued on page 34


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“Proceeds from the tours go to help restore historic homes and gardens in Continued from page 32 Virginia,” explains Hodgkin. “There of the garden tour, guests will still find have been 42 restorations completed so a golden aura surrounding far. Oatlands was one.” this home as thousands of According to de Heller, daffodils line the drive and the previous garden tour grounds. hosted by the Warrenton Hillsborough Farm will Garden Club saw add a touch of whimsy to approximately 300 people the tour. The 114-acre per day in each of the five site includes a 45-year old open houses. “This is a Colonial-style residence bad year, economically donning a masonry exterior speaking, so we don’t really comprised of 200-year old know what to expect, but brick reclaimed from a church we’re hoping to be able to in Boston, Massachusetts. raise over $20,000 as we Nearly everything within have in previous years.” and beyond those walls, The tour is informal and however, gives visitors a participants are free to visit keen sense of the owners’ Hopefield was recently placed in conservation easement the homes in any order love of horses and recreation. to ensure its preservation they choose during the The basement of the main two-day event. There will house contains an EnglishThe tour, which is actually part of a be hostesses at each tour stop location style pub equipped with leather sofas, a larger event known as the 76th Historic to welcome guests, answer questions bar, a wine closet and an old-fashioned Garden Week in Virginia, began in 1929 and highlight the features of the home. popcorn machine. as personal invitations from members de Heller hopes that people will take the In addition to serving as a private of The Garden Club of Virginia to time to tour all of Warrenton, see the residence, Hillsborough Farm is home their friends to visit the historic homes sights and explore the local shops and to the Los Tigres Polo Club and the and gardens during the last week in restaurants as they travel to and from polo field can be seen from the home’s April. That maiden tour raised more the homes on the garden tour. “We surrounding landscape. The home’s than $14,000. Since then (with the would love to promote the restaurants interior includes bookshelves lined with exception of a few years during WWII and businesses in Old Town, and for sporting trophies, English hunting prints when the club abstained from holding the garden tour to stimulate the local and photos, a polo sculpture in the den, their annual tour), Historic Garden economy.” and a myriad of tiger gifts given to the While it’s exciting for local residents Week has raised nearly $15 million. 34

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he Fauquier chapter of the Boys & Girls Club recently opened a new facility to call home in Warrenton. Once the site of the Old Town Athletic Club, the 15,000 square foot space located on Keith Street is a much needed addition for the Club. The Boys & Girls Club had been located in Taylor Middle School since November of 1997 and was strictly an after school program because of their location and involvement with the Fauquier County School System. The limited space and rising demand meant that the Club had to turn away 200 to 300 young people each year. This opportunity to expand was the first big break in a long list of hardships and struggles to continue to keep the Boys & Girls Club of Fauquier up and running. The beginnings of the Boys & Girls Club of America can be traced back to several women in Hartford, Conn. during 1860. The mission of the Club was to give a healthy and constructive alternative to young men, and eventually women, who were walking the streets. Eventually, in 1906, several of the Boys Clubs made an arrangement to join together and with 53 member organizations, the Federated Boys Clubs in Boston were created. The name was changed in 1931 to Boys Clubs of America and in 1956, celebrating its 50th anniversary, a U.S. Congressional Charter was created. Obviously girls and 36

young women are a part of the Club and in 1990 the name was changed to Boys & Girls Clubs of America, at which time Congress amended and renewed their charter. Today, there are over 4,300 Clubs located in all 50 states and also Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and on U.S. military bases around the world. The Fauquier chapter was founded in 1994 by Buddy Curtis and Jerry Wood along with the tireless efforts of Katherine Ann Carter, Barbara Rodriquez, Jim Brumfield, Ann Nelson and Bill Barr. The Fauquier Club was started to be a haven for young boys and girls who desperately needed something to do and be involved in constructive activities. Instead of being home alone, hanging out with the wrong crowd, or doing nothing at all, the Boys & Girls Club of Fauquier

into five service areas: Character and Leadership Development, Education and Career Development, Health and Life Skills, The Arts, and also Sports, Fitness and Recreation. A well trained staff administers these programs and responsibly monitors every child welcomed to the Club. It was a slow and tiring process to bring the Club to fruition in Warrenton. At first, Jerry Wood and Buddy Curtis had investigated other organizations such as the YMCA, YWCA, and Big Brothers to aid the youth of Fauquier. However, after a visit to the Boys & Girls Club in Dale City, it was immediately clear

The building, that formerly housed the Old Town Athletic Club, is bright and spacious for activities such as arts and crafts, a younger kids room and a gym for physical recreation.

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that this was the organization they needed to start in Warrenton. After almost three years, the Club finally had a space to operate in Taylor Middle School in November of 1997. This dream was made possible by the Town of Warrenton, County of Fauquier, Boys & Girls Club Continued on page 38 Warrenton Lifestyle



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is very much on its way to becoming the ideal environment for Fauquier’s youth. Continued from page 36 Funding is still needed to complete the building’s many facilities and naming Fauquier Public Schools, as well as the opportunities are also available. In total, steadfast help of numerous dedicated around $3,000,000 is still needed to individuals including Executive Director fully purchase the facility and finish the Jon Gregory. A native of Holland, New transitional construction and furnishing York, Gregory ran a Boys & Girls Club in of the building. Buffalo and responded to the position of Funding for the Boys & Girls Club Executive Director in Fauquier County comes mostly from donations, land and eventually moved to Warrenton in grants, and fund raisers. About half of the fall of 1998. A second location was all donations are made from individuals, also made available at Cedar Lee Middle but national partners also donate funds School to accommodate another range of and other resources to the children and young adults. Club. For example, Borders, However, the movement which is a national partner, struggled to survive as donated all of the books for limited space could not the Club’s library. To support support the sheer volume a child for a year through of youth looking to join the Boys & Girls Club, $75 the program. The Club is enough to provide trained desperately searched for supervision, bus service from an answer to their facility school to the Club, and problem and an apparent access to all of the programs solution was presented by the Club has to offer. Some the Town of Warrenton of the more notable private and Stephen Athey. donations and support has A land grant was come from Clay Athey thought to be the answer and Congressman Frank to the expansion problems Wolfe. The Chief of Staff for the Boys & Girls Club for Congressman Wolfe, of Fauquier. Stephen L. Dan Scandling, had this to The Stephen L. Athey Boys & Girls Club reopened December 1, 2008 Athey, a former Town say about the Club and new with 15,000 sq. ft. of new space including a library. Council member and location: “Boys & Girls Clubs great supporter of youth provide great opportunity activities in Warrenton, pushed very can also easily be accommodated. Since for children and young adults and hard for the creation of a recreation the Club is now operating out of its own have a great history and reputation for center. His hard work and planning building and is no longer dependent on doing great things for the community.” finally set actions in motion as the the Fauquier School System, it can now Scandling continued, “Hopefully this construction of the recreation center stay open on days when it is needed [new location] will allow the Club to was started across from Fauquier High most, such as snow days, weekends, experience continued success with the School. The Boys & Girls Club was certain holidays, teacher workdays, and community.” originally planned to be relocated inside The Stephen L. Athey Boys & Girls summers. Extended hours of operation the Warrenton Recreation Center, but have also been made available from the Club of Fauquier has come a long way that plan did not become a reality. Steve since its creation in 1994, but there is break away from the school system. Athey’s tireless efforts to support youth The former gym has been transformed still work to be done and funds are still activities throughout Fauquier County into a center well-suited to accommodate needed. The future looks bright for the had been clear with works such as the children but the building is still being Club and Fauquier’s youth now has a Fauquier High School baseball field. transitioned to meet growing demands. great place to build a strong foundation. Despite the plans to include the Boys & Complete with a full basketball court, arts To make donations or volunteer in Girls Club with the new recreation center and crafts center, library, and separate any way for the Boys & Girls Club of falling through, Athey’s efforts to find a fully furnished children and teen rooms, Fauquier, please feel free to check out new site for the Club would eventually which was not possible operating out of their website at www.bgcfauquier.org or pay off. Unfortunately, Stephen Athey Taylor Middle School, the new facility phone them at 540-349-8890. 38

passed away in February of 2005 and he was unable to see the fruits that his work would bear for the Boys & Girls Club. An offer by Kim and Mike Forsten to purchase the former Old Town Athletic Club building on Keith Street seemed like the perfect alternative for the Club’s space problems. A lease agreement was made and the Stephen L. Athey Boys & Girls Club was reopened on December 1st of last year. With the new 15,000 square footage, the demand of around 120 children and young adults is able to be met and the waiting list of over 50

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Dr. Robert Bancker Iadeluca In 1972, at the age of 52, I left my positions as Director of the News Bureau and Assistant Director of Public Relations for the New York State Education Department to become a full-time student at the State University at Albany. Having received a B.A. in Psychology in 1949 from Hofstra University as a returning veteran under the G.I. Bill, did I still have sufficient self-discipline and mental capacity to achieve my goal of a Ph.D. in Pyschology? And without working, how would I support myself through years of academic study? I never doubted that I would achieve my goal. The Commissioner of Education, with whom I worked closely, assured me of his confidence in my ability and urged me to go for it. A short time later, based on my writing ability, the Alumni office granted me an Assistantship as their staff writer. This provided free tuition and a $70.00 weekly stipend. I was on my way. Visualize the scene: In August of 1972, I enter the Registrar’s office to begin the necessary administrative procedures. All around me are teenagers and silkyfaced young men and women in their early 20’s taking their first steps toward that coveted degree. I am the only one with wrinkles and touches of grey, but I give myself a positive affirmation and begin to fill in the registration blank. Name, address, phone number…”Do you declare emancipation from your parents?” As this obviously is one of 42

those “non-applicable” questions, I complete the rest of the form and return it to the young lady behind the counter. She scans the form, notices the skipped question and returns the paper to me. With a light, friendly smile, I start to point out that I am a grandfather, and therefore, have felt emancipated for a generation or so but she insists that “all questions must be answered.” I visit a friend of mine, an Associate Commissioner at the State Education Department, someone more my age who laughs at my campus incident and agrees that society has not yet caught up with the fact that college students are no longer just out of high school. His solution is to declare this officially an “administrative error”, and I return to the campus, now to be accepted as a full-time student at SUNY-Albany, headed toward my doctoral degree. On my first day, I sit right up front (my optimism knows no limits), and I prepare for my first subject: Statistics. Oh, sweet innocence! Oh, bitter ignorance! Here I had been planning to spend my time checking out the human brain in search of the reasons for anxiety or the source of motivation. But I was not a complete idiot when it came to adding shopping totals and balancing a checkbook. I could handle whatever they tossed at me. After all, I had lived many years in the dog-eat-dog world. The Statistics professor began to write across the board the most unintelligible

stream of characters I had ever seen. It looked like Greek to me. I later learned that these characters actually were Greek. He began, “As you know from your high school calculus...” What high school calculus? I graduated from high school in 1937. We had never heard of calculus, much less studied it. We did have algebra, so I was not too surprised by such contradictory expressions as a = b. We also studied geometry, but that didn’t seem to help. The professor laid out some “basic” rules for us and gave us some problems to answer by the next class. Could I divulge to my professor that his very first day’s assignment had me stumped? No, I would just have to figure this out myself. After attending other classes during the remainder of the week, my positive feeling returned. I studied Educational Psychology, Biopsychology, the Psychology of Learning, and Memory. Even the Statistics professor’s jargon began to sound fairly intelligible. Over the course of three years, I accumulated 33 credits. As the oldest full-time student on the State University campus in Albany, I developed an interest in Gerontology, the study of aging. In 1975, I transferred to Syracuse University, where the All-University Gerontology Center offered me an Assistantship and an opportunity to research the cognitive development of people as they age. When I stood in the Syracuse Registrar’s office and answered their questions, a Warrenton Lifestyle

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said, “You say you are the child of a World War I veteran and you are 55 years old?” Five minutes later he called the Veterans Administration in downtown Syracuse. “Hello, Joe? How ya doin’? Say, Joe, I have standing before me here a child. He is 55 years old.” Five minutes later, my bubble burst. The scholarships were only for undergraduate students. On my way out of the office, I re-read the notice on the bulletin board. It said, “For further information, see your high school counselor.” I hadn’t seen him for almost 40 years! Because my age was more like that of the university administrators, we related easily to each other. Without exception, they were friendly and helpful. “What are you going to do when you grow up?” they would tease. Professors were another story. Some were comfortable with my being in the class, others had problems. One professor had difficulty speaking about the Depression years. He was teaching out of a textbook, knowing full well that I had lived through that era. I tried my best to put such instructors at ease by acting in an inconspicuous manner and choosing my words carefully. Despite this, two of the professors, who were the age of my children, insisted on calling me by my last name. Although it never occurred to me not to register just because of my age, it often seemed, though probably untrue, that I

was the only person in the entire nation who, in his fifties, was moving steadily through 90 graduate credits and a highly detailed dissertation in Psychology, all without a decent guaranteed income. I do not regret the choice, but the loneliness normally accompanying a pioneering effort was definitely there. In May 1979, as I sat in my cap and gown, wearing the colors of a Ph.D. in Psychology and surrounded by other Ph.D.s less than half my age, I could feel the warmth of these “youngsters” who had shared their joys and pains with me semester after semester. While they at times had asked me for more adult guidance, by and large they treated me as their peer. I was one of them. The day after graduation, I received a letter from American Express. It said, “Dear Dr. Iadeluca, you are now entering the world of work. You have shown your maturity. You are now eligible for an American Express card.” Here at last was my proof. Grandpa had finally grown up. Dr. Iadeluca is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist practicing in Warrenton, Virginia. He specializes in chronic pain, addiction, depression and anxiety.


In March my thoughts turn to spring, planting the gardens and a little spring cleaning. I know that our winter has not been harsh, but I am ready to spend more time outside with the warm spring sun on my back. Of course, that means I need to do some shopping for gardening supplies and such, of which we are fortunate to have lots of options in Fauquier County. This year the options will finally include the Buckland Farm Market, which will be opening the doors this spring with their wonderful produce and plants. Although it is located in Bealeton, I think it is worth mentioning the opening of Carroll’s Skating in the old Hugo’s building. On opening weekend many in the county went to try it out and it made for a good time. The feelings and the memories are intact, only the name has changed. In Warrenton, what was once a Crown gas station on Broadview Avenue, is now open as a Chevron gas station with a beautiful new building. Unfortunately there are several businesses that have closed or are closing soon. United Rentals, although open only a few months after having built a brand new facility, decided to close that new location due to the economic conditions. In Motion Sports & Dance on Falmouth Street has also closed. Two more businesses are holding “going out of business sales” before they close, Master’s Tuxedo on Broadview Avenue and Creative Creations by Nature & Man on Lee Highway. As we readied to bid farewell to a long time Warrenton landmark, we now find that is not the case. The owners of Rhodes Gift & Fly Shop had planned to retire and close the doors, but the business has a new owner and Rhodes will continue to flourish on Main Street, as it has for so many years. The lot that Fauquier Bank will be building their new branch on has been cleared of the old building and is being readied for the new construction. We have a few businesses opening soon in Warrenton, the new Harris Teeter grocery store is nearing completion and plans to open in June. In the same shopping center will be a Chevy Chase Bank, but I don’t have a date for that one yet. We are also expecting Tuesday Morning, a closeout retailer, to open in the space between Country Cookin’ and Bloom on Frost Avenue. Amy Griffin is the owner of inFauquier.com, a comprehensive online directory of consumer businesses located in Fauquier County. Maps to all the businesses can be found at inFauquier. com and check out the What’s New page for more business happenings in the entire county. You can reach her at (540)3474922 or amy@inFauquier.com with your questions or any tidbits you hear about local business. 44

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WARRENTON, VA – The 2009 edition of the annual Fauquier Heritage Institute Lectures in American History features an interesting lineup of local historians and nationally acclaimed scholars to address a variety of topics of local and national significance. The monthly lectures take place on Sunday afternoons at 3:00 PM in the John Barton Payne Building in Courthouse Square on Main Street, in Old Town Warrenton, Virginia. Admission is free to the public and the lectures are sponsored by the Fauquier County Public Library. On Sunday, 15 March 2009, Thomas J. DiLorenzo will give a presentation on “The Real Lincoln,” which promises to more fully illuminate the essential truths and historic legacy of the 16th U.S. President particularly in the context of our Constitutional Government and the bloodiest conflict of the 19th Century, the War Between the States. Thomas J. DiLorenzo has been acclaimed as one of the leading economic historians working today. DiLorenzo comes from the Austrian school of economics and he has been called a modern-day Adam Smith and stalwart defender of liberty. A Professor of Economics in the Sellinger School of Business and Management at Loyola College in Maryland, DiLorenzo specializes in economic history and political economy and has authored numerous books and articles. He is also a senior fellow at the Ludwig von Mises Institute; a distinguished scholar at the Abbeville Institute and Stephen Dill Lee Institute; and the awardwinning author of The Real Lincoln: A New Look at Abraham Lincoln, His Agenda, and an Unnecessary War; How Capitalism Saved America; Lincoln Unmasked: What You’re Not Supposed to Know About Dishonest Abe; and Hamilton’s Curse: How Jefferson’s Arch Enemy Betrayed the American RevolutionAnd What it Means For America Today; and Winner of the Franz Cuhel Memorial Prize for Excellence in Economics Education by March 2009

Prague University. His work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, Reader’s Digest, USA Today, and National Review, among numerous other publications. All who are interested to learn more of our Virginia and American history will want to mark their calendars for the remaining 2009 lecture series, summarized as follows: April 19, “Did Anyone Really Know What Time It Was,” presented by Living Historian, researcher and lecturer Mr. Arthur Candenquist; May 17, “The War of 1812 in Virginia and the Role of the Fauquier County Militia,” presented by Living Historian Mr. Mike Lyman, member of the Virginia Society Sons of the American Revolution, Culpeper Minute Men Chapter and the War of 1812 Society; June 14, “On the Shoulders of Giants: Project Apollo to the Moon,” presented by Mr. Gar Schulin, former Research Assistant at the Smithsonian Institution Center for Earth and Planetary Studies; National Air and Space Museum; July 19, an extended program starting at 2:00 PM with “The Post War Relationship of Grant and Mosby,” presented by Mr. David Goetz, author of War Between the States articles and editor of The Memorial Wall to Name the Fallen; and “Mosby’s Keydet Rangers,” presented by Mr. Eric Buckland, Historian and author of Mosby’s Keydet Rangers; a collection of memorials, biographical sketches, articles, personal letters, photographs and wartime reminiscences by and about those brave young men who both matriculated at the Virginia Military Institute and rode with the 43rd Battalion Virginia CavalryMosby’s Rangers; August 16, “Lieutenant Governor Francis Fauquier, His Own Story,” presented by Mr. Dennis Loba, Living Historian and lecturer; September 20, “Lesser Known Heroes: Pelham, Pegram and Pendleton, The Gallant Young Men of the Confederacy,” presented by Mr. Thomas Moore, Military Historian and award winning

author of The Hunt for Confederate Gold; former Professional Staff of the Senate Armed Services Committee and Director of Defense and Foreign Policy at The Heritage Foundation; Stephen Dill Lee Institute Scholar; and Current Chairman of the Southern National Congress; October 18, “Secession and the Confederate Constitution,” presented by Dr. William Wilson, Dean of Honors Students, University of Virginia; and winner of one the University’s highest distinctions, the Algernon Sidney Sullivan Award for teaching and selfless service; author of many articles pertaining to religion, literature, philosophical theology and three volumes of Lectura Dantes Virginiana; and Board of Directors of the Abbeville Institute for the Study of Southern Culture; November 15, “Meet One of America’s Servant Saviors: Suffragist, Mrs. Robert Walker,” presented by Ms. Lynne Garvey-Hodge, Living Historian and Chair of the Fairfax County History Commission; author of the pictorial essay “Clifton,” on the history of Clifton, Virginia. No program is scheduled for December. The Fauquier Heritage Institute was created to promote the study and love of Virginia and American history. To that end, the Institute hosts a yearly series of public lectures that seek to provide knowledge, understanding and appreciation of our local, regional and national history. Additional program and Guest Lecturer details for each month will be posted via the Fauquier County Library web site, in addition to local and national papers throughout the year. The Fauquier Heritage Institute welcomes and encourages all volunteers to aid our special events programs and lecture series in a variety of capacities. Contact Program Co-Chairs Mrs. Paula Johnson at 540-3417019; or Mrs. Jackie Lee at 540-347-0607, for additional information. 45

Molly’s 5-K Run and Walk to Benefit Wounded Warrior Project


isters Kitty and Laurie Enright opened Molly’s Irish Pub in Warrenton, Virginia in 2001. One of the core values at Molly’s is giving back to the community, especially to those less fortunate. Always keeping the fun in fundraiser, Molly’s encourages the community to help them give back while having a good time.

enlist the public’s aid for the special needs of our wounded warriors as well as to help these heroes aid and assist each other. The Wearing of the Green 5-K Run and Walk is fun for the entire family. There will be bag pipes played by Dave McCrab of The Scoti, t-shirts, bottled water, healthy snacks, awards and live entertainment. Warrenton’s own Elizabeth Lawrence will sing the National Anthem. There’s even a prize for wearing the most green!

On March 22, 2009 Molly’s Irish Pub will host its fourth Wearing For serious runners, Kale Running, Of the Green 5-K run/walk. After a highly regarded race company, considering many worthy causes, will be managing the race complete the sisters chose to contribute 100% with Champion Chip Timing. For of race proceeds to The Wounded amateur runners, this is a great time Warrior Project. Honoring, helping to get more experience. For those and especially thanking all service who don’t want to run, enjoy the men and women has always morning by walking through historic been near their hearts. With five Last year over 600 participants gave back! old town Warrenton, Virginia. Give generations of military members in back, get exercise, have fun! their family, they understand the commitment and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform. WHAT: 5-K Run and Walk Laurie has served in the Air National Guard for 23 years; she is WHEN: Sunday, March 22, 2009 currently a Lieutenant Colonel Select in the Air National Guard WHERE: Molly’s Irish Pub, flying C130s at her unit, the 193rd Special Operations Wing in 36 Main Street Warrenton, Virginia 20186 Pennsylvania. Laurie never fails to give credit to the families COST: $25.00 before March 9th, $35.00 thereafter of military men and women for their vital contribution to our REGISTRATION: Online at: www.kalerunning.com armed forces. During Laurie’s numerous deployments, her sister For more information: Kitty has served as an invaluable friend, pet sitter, house keeper www.mollysirishpub.com and most importantly – second mother to Laurie’s daughter – www.woundedwarriorproject,org Molly (the Pub’s namesake). www.kalerunning.com The mission of the Wounded Warrior Project is to honor, empower and assist those men and women of our armed forces who have We need your help! Volunteer! Become a Sponsor! Advertise your been severely injured during conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan and other business on the race t-shirt! Simply call (540) 349-5300 or send locations around the world. Its purpose is to raise awareness and an e-mail (subject line: 5-K Race) to mollyspublicans@aol.com. PAID ADVERTISEMENT


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