Warrenton Lifestyle Magazine March 2017

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MARCH 2017

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The cold weather may still be with us, but spring and summer are just around the corner. We are pleased to announce some new and exciting features for you. In this month’s issue, you will find information on summer camps, because now is the time to secure your child’s enrollment for summer activities...the camps fill up fast! Plus, we have included another special feature on private schools, with pointers on what to consider when choosing among all the education options in our area. We are also launching a new home section within the magazine. We will be covering more home topics in future issues, from home profiles to decorating to maintenance tips to other issues important to homeowners in our area. This issue, read a profile of Jonathan Caron of Jonathan Caron Construction, a custom home builder from Warrenton who has built houses—and treehouses— throughout our readership

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EDITORIAL & ADVERTISING OFFICE: The Warrenton Lifestyle Magazine c/o Piedmont Publishing Group Mailing Address: PO Box 3632, Warrenton, Va. 20188 Physical Address: 11 Culpeper St., Warrenton, Va. 20186 www.warrentonlifestyle.com The Warrenton Lifestyle Magazine is published monthly and distributed to over 11,800 selected addresses. While reasonable care is taken with all material submitted to The Warrenton Lifestyle Magazine, the publisher cannot accept responsibility for loss or damage to any such material. Opinions expressed in articles are strictly those of the authors. While ensuring that all published information is accurate, the publisher cannot be held responsible for any mistakes or omissions. Reproduction in whole or part of any of the text, illustration or photograph is strictly forbidden. ©2017 Piedmont Publishing Group.

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


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

area. Terri Aufmuth has some recommendations for creating an outdoor living space, and Julia Foard-Lynch has some interior design ideas for those thinking of selling their home. Our team here at Piedmont Publishing Group strives to bring new, informative, and exciting content to you, the reader. We hope you enjoy these new topics, and, as always, we welcome your input and look forward to hearing from you.

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Contents 16 Piedmont



An Informal Network For Good

Interior Design In A Home For Sale

The Partnership for Community Resources





2016 Is Not Over At least for some types of retirement plan contributions BY NATHAN GILBERT




Spring: Return to the Great Outdoors Nature selections from your local library

Builder Profile Jonathan Caron BY PAM KAMPHUIS



Inspired by a Trendsetter


Greater Warrenton Chamber of Commerce

Grandma Gatewood



Keeping The Spirits Agricultural Industry Growth of winery, distillery & brewery

Kinloch Farms


A leader in sustainability. Final article in three part series.


Fauquier Family Cemetery Foundation


Families 4 Fauquier

Helping to preserve local family cemeteries

Local events for families




Photo courtesy of John Beasley.



Parents, Do Your Homework Choosing the right private school BY ALICE R. FELTS, PH.D.


Q&A Spotlight - Steve Raggo


Create an Oasis for Outdoor Living & Entertainment


From Warrenton to Kilimanjaro John Beasley’s travels BY KATIE FUSTER

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The Thrill of Summer Camps of all types are enrolling now BY PAM KAMPHUIS

Fauquier Health Dry Needling Technique BY ROBIN EARL


Pub Theology A new way to experience religion BY LYNNETTE ESSE

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“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed individuals can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” – MARGARET MEAD

An Informal Network for Good The Partnership for Community Resources serving those in need for over a decade BY LARRY STILLWELL PHOTOGRAPHY BY JACLYN DYRHOLM


magine, as if in time-lapse photography, a rapid succession of meetings in the Sycamore Room at Fauquier Hospital. Outside, the world changes with the seasons; inside, every first Friday of the month, year round, the time lapse shows people arriving, meeting, and leaving and the screen flipping immediately to the next month’s group streaming in. Each meeting blips by, its 90 minutes captured in a few seconds. You see people taking notes, passing out flyers, speakers or panels of speakers popping up to address one meeting, then another, as a decade or more flies by. These are the comings and goings of a unique organization, one with an ever-changing cast of participants and little formal structure. They are united by a common purpose: serving those in need

in Fauquier County. There’s no formal membership, no board of directors, no elected officers, no salaries—in fact, no bank account and no funding. This is the Partnership for Community Resources (PCR), and for many years it’s been a largely unseen, underground force for good in the Fauquier community. Records can be scarce in an organization this loosely-structured, but the PCR seems to have started around 2006. Janet Shannon, a well-respected senior benefits worker at Fauquier Department of Social Services (DSS), realized that not only her clients, but also the staff running the community’s various social programs, didn’t know what other resources were available. She decided to bring organizations together to meet and share information.

The PCR group that met this February is typical of an exchange of information that is conducted on a monthly basis.


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PCR’s M I S S I O N : Sharing information among human service organizations, large and small, in order to better serve Fauquier’s most vulnerable citizens.

In doing so, she gave birth to the PCR’s mission: sharing information among human service organizations, large and small, in order to better serve Fauquier’s most vulnerable citizens, a mission that continues to this day. The meetings began in a room at DSS now named for Ms. Shannon and eventually moved to the hospital. Groups like Community Touch, the Salvation Army, FISH, the Senior Care Network, and United Way were early participants, as were the hospital and some churches. The focus then was on sharing news about financial aid, food distribution, and housing assistance. New organizations joined in to make connections, publicize programs, attract potential clients, and recruit volunteers. The network grew. Agendas were developed, and speakers invited. In 2009 speakers included spiritual care ministries, an authority on suicide prevention, the Fauquier Free Clinic, the library, the Lions Club, and DSS child services and foster care. Though the PCR was in part modeled on Healthy Culpeper, a similar monthly networking group, members chose not to follow Healthy Culpeper in creating a board of directors or in establishing formal 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization. They preferred keeping the organization informal, to better concentrate on


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networking and information sharing. Meeting minutes from previous years reflect the diversity of programs addressed: a therapeutic equestrian program, free tax preparation assistance, a logo contest by the Fauquier Alliance for Youth, a van donated to VolTran, a volunteer driver program for the elderly, assistance in paying water or sewage bills to prevent shut-off, and financial aid that is available for families. Today, the PCR’s informal structure, or lack thereof, remains intact. They still have no formal memberships, dues or funding sources. They have developed an extensive network of contributors and participants who are invited to each meeting, but attendance is not required. People come because they want to share and learn. This type of structure has served the group’s mission well: meeting size continues to grow, the diversity of programs is expanding, and the current PCR invitation list includes more than 200 names. There is no lack of speakers eager to address the group. Although attendance varies, the range of those who attend the meetings spans the spectrum of human services, and the subjects discussed are many: food pantries, hospices, mental health providers, emergency housing shelters, physical and mental disability services,



poverty, substance abuse, education, utility assistance, dementia care, inhome health, autism, ADHD, domestic violence, sexual abuse, health care, education, transportation, legal aid, parole and law enforcement, women’s empowerment, arts and music, programs for the blind or deaf, firewood ministries, and more. Representatives from government agencies, nonprofits, churches, and for-profit service companies are also among those that attend. In line with the PCR tradition of devoting time to service rather than managing a complicated hierarchy of staff, everything is accomplished on a volunteer basis. “The way you rise to the top in this organization,” says current co-chair Jean Lowe, “is to raise your hand.” Some years ago, when the right combination of people raised their hands, the PCR produced an attractive, informative digital monthly newsletter that was emailed out to members to help all providers serve the community. Over the years, the newsletter has included a wide variety of information including but not limited to: updates on area warming shelters for the homeless, training recommendations for domestic abuse hotline volunteers, availability of Thanksgiving and Christmas meals

for the county’s hungry, recommendations for providers to assist community members with emergency preparedness and bereavements, and detailed reports on pertinent presentations by the Fauquier Family Shelter and Community Touch. More people raising their hands resulted in the realization of one of Janet Shannon’s original visions, a comprehensive list of county resources for PCR’s members, which was compiled and distributed on CD. In time, when more hands were raised, the PCR was able to take this one step further; in 2012, the list of resources was compiled and published for county residents directly, not just for social service providers. Piedmont Press and Graphics published the first Fauquier County Community Resource Guide and distributed 7000 copies throughout the county at no cost to readers. It continues to be updated annually and has grown to 54 pages with the assistance of Piedmont Publishing Group, all packed with information that Fauquier families and dozens of community organizations can utilize to access services in the community. Janet Shannon is gone now, but her legacy lives on in the guide and in the PCR meetings. Each month people continue to come together to share, learn, and serve their community. These monthly meetings continue to be the heart and soul of the PCR. The group, sustained solely by volunteer goodwill, continues to be the tie that binds all of Fauquier’s service organizations together in a network of support. For more information on the Partnership for Community Resources, visit their Facebook page. The current Fauquier County Community Resource Guide is available online (www. fauquierresources.com). ❖

FAUQUIER COMMUNITY RESOURCE GUIDE: UPDATES FOR 2017 ARE UNDERWAY If you need to edit or add your organization’s information, please email changes to guide@ piedmontpub.com and include Fauquier Resource Guide in the subject line. If you are interested in placing an ad in this year’s guide, please contact Tom Spargur at tom@piedmontpub.com.


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About the AUTHOR Nathan Gilbert is an Investment Advisor and Managing Partner with Meridian Financial Partners in Warrenton, Virginia. Meridian is an independent, fee-only investment advisory firm providing financial planning and investment management. Mr. Gilbert was born and raised in the area and currently resides in Haymarket with his wife and three children.

Is Not Over ...at least for some types of retirement plan contributions BY NATHAN GILBERT


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s the year turns over to 2017, it seems that many are happy to be saying goodbye to 2016. I am not completely sure the exact reason or reasons why, but the popular sentiment seems to be that 2016 was a “bad year.” I am certain many good things happened to many people, but negativity often moves the needle and gets people talking and commenting. There may be at least one good reason why we shouldn’t let 2016 fade into the rearview mirror so quickly: retirement plan contributions. Until April 15 of this year (or your tax filing deadline), you are still allowed to make contributions to some types of IRAs and count them for 2016. This option can be especially helpful if you are a small business or a sole proprietor, and you do not have a 401(k) or other type of plan into which



you have made recurring contributions over the past year. Not only will contributing to IRAs help you save for retirement, but it could also provide you with a tax deduction if you need one. RESTRICTIONS

As usual, there are limits and restrictions that the IRS gives us. Whether or not you are already covered by a plan at work, your income level and your tax filing status (single, married, etc.) are considered when it comes to your options. CONTRIBUTION OPTIONS

If you are under 50, you can contribute up to $5,500 to an IRA, and for those over 50, you are allowed an additional $1,000 catch-up contribution. These limits apply to

both Traditional and ROTH IRAs in total. In other words, if you are under 50, you could contribute $2,500 to a Traditional IRA and $3,000 to a ROTH IRA. However, you could not contribute $5,500 to both. TRADITIONAL AND ROTH IRAS

The main difference between a Traditional IRA and a ROTH IRA is the tax treatment. In short, a Traditional IRA usually provides a tax deduction when a contribution is made, and then the money is taxed when withdrawn in retirement (after age 59.5). A ROTH IRA does not provide a tax deduction when a contribution is made, but the account grows taxfree, and the withdrawals are not taxed in retirement.

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Another good option for a small to mid-size (under 100 employees) company might be a SIMPLE (Savings Incentive Match Plan) IRA. The IRS does love their acronyms! The SIMPLE IRA allows employees to defer/contribute up to $12,500 per year from their salaries. Again, there is an additional catchup amount of $3,000 for those employees who are over 50 years of age. Typically, there is a requirement that the employer do some sort of matching (usually 3%), but the cost to the employer is still minimal when compared to other plan options. Note that the latest you can deposit employee contributions and count them for the previous tax year is January 30. For the employer match, the deadline is the tax filing deadline for the business. As always, consulting a tax advisor on the best option for your situation is a great idea. Just keep in mind that just because 2016 is officially over, it might not be over for your retirement savings options. All the best to you and yours in 2017!❖

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Return To The Great Outdoors Nature themed selections from your local library BY JULIA PLANT


s winter comes to an end, I am eagerly anticipating spring and more time spent outside. My grandfather, who instilled in me a deep appreciation for the great outdoors, always comes to mind in the spring. His home was in the heart of a small waterfront village and, from my childhood perspective, his backyard was a place of natural wonder. He taught me from an early age to appreciate the grandeur of nature as well as the wonderment that can be found in even the tiniest of details. We spent many hours in his backyard searching for four-leaf clovers, some of which I still have today. Treasures. He brought a host of “old country wisdom” when he immigrated from Germany in the early 1900s. He kept several bee hives and when his arthritis slowed him down he could be found near his garden catching one of his tiny friends; a strategic sting would ease his aches and pains. Even the dreaded poison ivy possessed medicinal uses for him.


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“No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow.” CHINESE PROVERB

His yard was a haven for songbirds, rabbits, chipmunks and so much more. Half wild, half purposefully designed, this one-acre lot held the perfect balance. It would be a great joy, as an adult, to be able to tap into his knowledge of nature but that time has passed. Now I depend on the wisdom of others. The library, with its vast collection of magazines, books, and movies, has been my greatest source of information in my continued pursuit to know my natural surroundings.

has shown that a crow can remember a human face, determine if the person is a friend or enemy, and pass this information onto its offspring and flock. The library has many other resources on birdwatching, including The Songbirds Bible by Noble S. Proctor, PhD, which includes a CD of birdsongs, Birds in the Yard Month by Month by Sharon Sorenson, and Beastly Abodes: Homes for Birds, Bats, Butterflies & Other Backyard Wildlife by Bobbe Needham.


other backyard visitors

Even if I lived in a place with no yard at all, I would be, at a minimum, a birdwatcher. It requires little more than an outside view or a walk to the park. For instance, in quiet times when a flock of geese flies low overhead, it is possible to hear the rush of a multitude of wings. Most of us find simple delight in attracting and feeding native songbirds. For the amateur birdwatcher and gardener, the magazine Birds and Blooms, available at the library, is a good choice. It is known for great photos and tips. Plus, readers are encouraged to share their own backyard stories and ideas. The editors consolidated many of their best tips and more than 250 photos into a book, Gardening for Birds, Butter flies and Bees, which also features creative DIY projects and backyard FAQs. The National Wildlife Federation’s book Attracting Birds, Butterflies and Other Backyard Wildlife details how to plant a simple garden that will provide a sustainable habitat for wildlife. Even the common crow is worthy of observation. A Murder of Crows, a documentary directed by Susan Fleming, highlights the fascinating intelligence of this often misunderstood bird. Research

National Geographic’s book Birds, Bees and Butter flies: Bringing Nature into Your Yard and Garden is one of my new favorite resources. It is packed with exceptional photographs and valuable information. Its tips for handling unwanted visitors would have been especially useful when larger woodland animals came to call in our backyard. One might say our yard before our visitors was a vision of country bliss; the birdfeeders were brimming with seeds, a cool birdbath was nestled in the shade of a towering oak tree and fat hens could be seen free-ranging in the distance. That is, until we discovered a dismantled wooden bird feeder about six feet from its twisted iron stand. Footprints in the mud confirmed that a bear had discovered the plentiful feeders. I don’t have any memory of my grandfather encountering bears in his backyard, so I turned to the library for more information. Black Bear by accomplished nature photographer Daniel J. Cox is an engaging pictorial essay that illustrates a bear’s behaviors and lifestyle through the seasons. The beautiful photographs managed to ease my fears—a little. More research provided tips for changes we could

make that reduced these visits. The bears (the trail camera counted five) that were foraging around the feeders, curious about the chickens and hungry for the neighbor’s honey supply, have not returned. As lifelong nature enthusiasts, there are few things that would deter my family from enjoying the great outdoors. When the yard and garden attracts unwanted guests, including deer, the library offers excellent resources on how to discourage them. Two of my favorites are 50 Beautiful Deer-Resistant Plants by Ruth Rogers Clausen and Natural Solutions for Bigger Pests by Miles H. Bader. Looking for tips on how to prepare for the return of feathered friends to your backyard? Join us March 26 at 2 p.m. at the Warrenton central library for Dr. David Wiedenfeld’s presentation Sunday with the Librar y: Hummingbirds—Jewels in Your Backyard and learn about these amazing birds and how to attract them to your backyard. My grandfather maintained a small yard in the village, while I live surrounded by deep woods, so I imagine our backyard experiences are very different. For each of us though, inviting wildlife into our backyards has been an entertaining and rewarding pastime. ❖

About the AUTHOR Julia Plant, Circulation Manager at the Warrenton central library, has called the Fauquier area home for almost twenty-five years. When away from the library, she surrounds herself with family, including three grandchildren. She enjoys spontaneous outdoor adventures and exploring the beauty of the U.S. with her husband of thirty-something years.

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Please share one of the greatest moments you’ve experienced in your current profession. I met the boss of one of my buyers at a networking event a few years ago. He thanked me and told me that he no longer worries about the products that the buyer orders for their events because he trusts our quality and value.

Tell us about your experience with the Warrenton Regional Chamber. How has it supported you in your local business? I have enjoyed the networking events. It is always good to meet the business community around us.

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What are the top three business tips and tricks can you offer other professionals? First, develop a great ‘elevator speech.’ Second, when you attend a networking event, introduce yourself to at least three people you have never met before. Third, when talking to new prospects, try to figure out how you can help them, not what you can sell to them.

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What is your favorite season in this area, and why? Spring. Because it always feels great to be able to get outside after a long winter.

What are some hobbies you enjoy? Gardening, cooking, shooting, and fishing

What is your favorite restaurant? We don’t get to eat out much, but when we do it is usually Blue Ridge Seafood for crabs.

What is your favorite sports team? The only sports team my wife and I really follow is Navy Football. BEAT ARMY!

Are you involved with any nonprofits? If so, which one(s) and why? St John the Evangelist Catholic Church because it is my home parish.

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Farming ideology committed to land stewardship

“There are our bees,” Kinloch Farm estate manager Jonathan Duffy proudly says as we pass a cluster of the farm’s well-tended hives. “And you can see some of the calves kicking it up on that hill.” Duffy and his sidekick Milo, a gregarious flat-coated retriever, are giving me a tour of Kinloch Farm, Inc. Kinloch is partnered with Virginia Working Landscapes (VWL), a program first profiled in the fall of 2016. Duffy was at the first gathering of what would become VWL, which

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took place at Jocelyn and Dr. Bill Sladen’s Walnut Springs Farm. “VWL was an ‘ah-ha’ moment of making connections with like-minded people,” Duffy says. It was a natural fit for the farm. After all, Kinloch owner Andrea Currier had long believed in sustainable agriculture; she instituted organic cattle farming when she first took over Kinloch in the 1980s. After partnering with VWL, Duffy says, “we benefitted a lot from learning from other people.”


Below: Estate manager Jonathan Duffy identifies the queen bee of one of Kinloch’s hives.

Above: A herd of Aberdeen Angus cattle graze in the fields at Kinloch Farm.

An example is Bruce Jones at Long Mountain in Rappahannock, a longtime advocate for biodiversity and native habitats. “He’s sort of a mentor for everybody in VWL. He’s been at this for about 20 years, and he likes to say we all learn from his mistakes,” Duffy laughs. At 1,900 acres, Kinloch is a massive estate, larger than the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute that VWL operates from. The farm is in part dedicated to the production of grass-fed cattle. “We

are a cow-calf operation,” Duffy explains. “We don’t retail; we sell cows and calves to other people to raise.” Kinloch specializes in Aberdeen Angus cattle, a Scottish breed. “They’re a smaller animal, lower to the ground, that marble well [attain a good combination of meat and fat] on grass,” Duffy says. “It takes time to build a herd— looking for where to find them, their history, it’s all very involved.” He credits farm manager Kevin Jennings with Kinloch’s success in this area. Jennings scours the country for available Aberdeen Angus, thoroughly investigating their genetics as he directs the growth of Kinloch’s herd of 300 head of cattle. The herd used to be twice this size. “But about 6 years ago, Kinloch’s owner decided that they wanted to manage more for

wildlife and have fewer cattle,” Duffy says. Once cattle have grazed a pasture, it less hospitable to wildlife. So with the idea of being good stewards of the land and giving something back to the environment, we decided to cut the herd in half and manage half the land for wildlife. We’re now a quarter of the way through converting 750 acres into native meadows.” Where Route 55 runs alongside Kinloch, farm workers have installed native grass hayfields. “There are two great things about them. First, they tend to be drought resistant,” Duffy says, noting that some species grow roots as deep as twelve feet. “Also, the hay gets cut later in the season, so it splits up our haying, and it allows bird nesting to have happened before we go in and mow.”

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Since cool season grasses go dormant during the summer. Kinloch is also converting some pastures to warm season grasses for continuity of available grazing. The farm practices rotational grazing to reduce soil compaction and erosion while increasing the organic matter and microbes in the soil. “We rotate the cattle to a different piece of land every few days,” Duffy says. Farm workers use temporary electric fencing to create new boundaries for the animals. “We’re close to being able to do year-round grazing, so we’re not feeding

erosion and allows flora to grow.” These trees, plants, and grasses filter runoff [water] that would otherwise go straight into the streams and ultimately end up in the bay. The vegetation improves the health of the streams by creating shade, which keeps water temperatures down and allows beneficial aquatic animals to thrive. According to Duffy, “Kinloch’s fields are about 50 percent warm-season grasses and 50 percent forbs,” which are herbaceous flowering plants. “This has attracted an enormous number of

all the wildflowers,” Duffy says. Kinloch’s honeybee operation has been designated as Certified Naturally Grown. The raw honey is sold by the pound at the Fair Oaks Whole Foods, Marshall’s Glascock’s Deli, and the Corner Store at Old Tavern. In addition to establishing native meadows, Kinloch is trying to regenerate its forests of oak trees. Acorns are an important food source for many native animals, but northern Virginia’s enormous deer population can annihilate acres of oak saplings in


Above: Oaks and pine dot a native meadow at Kinloch

out a lot of hay in the winter.” Farm workers have also installed thirty acres of riparian buffers, which are vegetated buffer strips alongside waterways where cattle are not allowed. “We have a number of streams that end up in Broad Run and then the Chesapeake,” Duffy says. “Fencing out the cattle protects the streambeds from


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pollinators and birds. The Smithsonian’s been doing studies in some of those fields. It’s been cool because you put these grasses and forbs out, and the pollinators and birds just show up.” The meadows are also a playground for Kinloch’s forty-odd hives of honeybees. “It’s been really wonderful to put them in these fields with



a blink. “So we have an eighteen-acre deer exclusion area of the forest that we put in about a year and a half ago,” Duffy says. Kinloch approaches the project of reforestation with the seriousness and logic of scientists. “We have study plots,” Duffy says, similar to VWL’s plots at the SCBI (Smithsonian

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Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal). “We look at them in the beginning, see what’s in there, and see how it changes over time.” Invasive species like Japanese stiltgrass cause headaches at Kinloch, decreasing the farm’s biodiversity. “Japanese stiltgrass needs very little light to grow,” Duffy says, “and it’s allelopathic.” This means that the stiltgrass puts out biochemicals that make it difficult for other plants to germinate and grow around it. “Garlic mustard is very much the same. The guys go out for a week every year and pull garlic mustard. They get dump trucks full of it.” Other bothersome invasives that Kinloch deals with are honeysuckle, oriental bittersweet, crown vetch, and barberry. Kinloch is one of a handful of VWL partners who manage their fields and pastures using prescribed burns. “Our ecosystem developed over thousands of years of indigenous people burning,” Duffy explains. “There are certain oaks, chestnuts, and pines that need it. And when you burn, you retard the succession of the field turning into forest, you return nutrients to the soil, and you reduce some of the invasive plants.” A prescribed burn is serious business, Duffy says. “Two of us took a course with the forestry department. We became certified as burn bosses.” Conditions must be just right to apply a prescribed burn. The weather is a huge factor in the equation. “For example, the humidity has to be correct,” Duffy says. “If it’s too low, the fire might get out of hand. You also need wind to carry the fire, but too much. This is as much to control fire as to control smoke.” Kinloch is extremely cautious and professional about its prescribed burns. “All the guys here have the proper equipment plus fire-resistant clothing,

Above: Managing a prescribed burn at Kinloch

and we make sure we have control at all times,” Duffy explains. Another VWL partner, the Farm at Sunnyside, “is three to four years ahead of us” in using prescribed burns. “The owner there, Nick Lapham, was instrumental in helping us take the plunge.” Towards the end of our tour, Duffy points out a pair of black silos and a facility of dark-green buildings. “This was built in the 1960s,” he says. “Kinloch was sort of a conventional grain-finished cattle operation then. You can see the old

barn, where they would feed the cattle at the trough and then turn them out into the field.” He smiles placidly. “Now our cattle spend their entire time with us in the fields.” The animals remain exclusively on a pasture and forage diet during their time at Kinloch. “This is a great place to work,” Duffy says as we leave the silos behind us and head back to Kinloch’s gate house. “It gets interesting sometimes. But I have some great people who work for me, and that makes all the difference.” ❖

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Where Will We Be This Month? Friday, March 3 at 5:30 p.m. at Jack & Jill Preschool Join us in building HOPE Boxes for Appalachia. Children in the Appalachian Mountains are living in poverty and we are glad to help send them along a little HOPE. Those wishing to help please visit our website for a full listing of items we are currently collecting to help fill these Hope Boxes. HELP FILL THE EASTER EGGS!: Wednesday, March 22, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at Foster’s Grille, Warrenton This event is taking place during our Foster’s Grille Warrenton Spirit Night. We are in need volunteers to help us fill more than 3,000 Easter Eggs for our upcoming Easter Egg Round Up fundraiser. HOPE BOXES:


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Interior Design in a Home for Sale Do you need to create the bland model home look? BY PAM KAMPHUIS


any people assume that preparing their home for sale will be an expensive process involving renovations, new kitchens, and other complicated shenanigans. The good news: it is simple to freshen up your home so it shows well in the real estate market without being complicated and spending a fortune. Local realtor and interior designer Julia Foard-Lynch has some pointers.


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Paint Paint is, of course, an easy way to spruce up, and removing outdated wallpaper or eccentric colors of paint can go a long way in giving a house a facelift. The biggest thing, Julia stresses, is to have visual continuity and flow in color and feel throughout the house. Continuity makes the space seem bigger and prevents a “choppy” look. So if you’re up to painting, choose colors or tones that can flow from room to room. Today, softer tones are in vogue. Grey is very popular, and it is a good, neutral choice which shows well and has many options of shades and tones to fit your existing decor. A word of caution: always use matte paint; glossy paint creates a harsher look and draws attention to any imperfections in the drywall. And make sure the paint is applied to a professional standard.

It helps to start with a good base, so advance planning is helpful in this case. When you are purchasing big items like furniture, go with a classic, neutral look. Then, small things like rugs, throw pillows, throw blankets, vases, and lamps can be used to bring a little color. A browse through Restoration Hardware, Pottery Barn, or the like will give you ideas for the most up-to-date look.

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Take every opportunity to maximize whatever natural light your home has. Stay away from heavy and ruffly curtains or blinds, go for a simple, clean look. Don’t keep the blinds drawn, it makes the room feel smaller. Light will make your home seem bigger. As far as creating light to supplement the available natural light, Julia recommends using lamps as opposed to ceiling lights for a softer, homier feel. Especially stay away from anything florescent or visually harsh—it can make the room feel utilitarian rather than cozy.

When showing your house, it is important that it be sparklingly immaculate, and as uncluttered as possible. Personal decorative items are not necessary to remove, but there shouldn’t be toothbrushes, medication, paper clutter, or other non-necessary items. Think minimalistically about what is visible. Contrary to popular belief, according to Julia it is not necessary to remove family photos; buyers actually like a homey feel. But make sure the frames and mats are chosen carefully to either match or complement each other, and make sure they are arranged with balance and symmetry on the wall in a nice, tasteful arrangement. It is actually not necessary to create a bland look. Keeping your personality and taste is fine, as long as it’s not over the top. Even if your buyer’s taste is not similar to yours, if the house is put together correctly, has continuity of color scheme, balance, uniformity and flow, it will show well. ❖ Even if your buyer’s taste is not similar to yours, if the house is put together correctly, has continuity of color scheme, balance, uniformity and flow, it will show well.

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t’s getting to be that time of year again when it’s great to stretch your legs and enjoy being outside. Outdoor living spaces are no different from indoor areas except they are exposed the elements. They can be an extension of your home and provide an opportunity for families to gather and entertain. When making decisions on where to put your outdoor space, consider privacy, the slope and topography of your yard, exposure to the sun/ shade, as well as accessibility. Be sure that your site will provide a “sense of place” that you are drawn to, and will enjoy and utilize. Also, consider how the space will be used. Will you install a hot tub, swim spa, outdoor fireplace,

cooking area, or an outdoor theater with a movie screen? There are many decor options for your walls and floors. Traditional brick and flagstone provide durable surfaces and lots of options as far as design is concerned; different patterns and angles utilized during installation can create visual appeal. And there are many lighting and decor options to consider to finish your outdoor oasis.

FLOORING Paver manufacturers are raising the bar with new materials that simulate flagstone at a lower price point, and new products, referred to as “slabs,” have a more modern design than the traditional pavers. One such product is

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Lastra Porcelain Pavers by EP Henry. They are anti-slip, frost-proof, and resistant to salt, moss, and molds. They can be installed on a gravel base which allows for the expansion and contraction of the ground during our crazy winters where the temperature can fluctuate between 70 degrees and 20 degrees within a day. The ground moves, but the gravel base will allow flexibility for the pavers to move and settle back in place. Concrete applications, on the other hand, can crack because they are not flexible.



Walls can traditionally be installed with stone and flagstone caps, or brickor paver-manufactured materials. But again, the paver manufacturers have “upped the bar” with new options in stone veneers such as “EZ Fit.” These man-made veneers look just like actual stone. Sort of a “peel and stick,” if you will. The options for materials are endless! Be sure to do your homework and check with your contractor.

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ACCESSORIES Lastly, as the character from Steel Magnolias, Clairee Belcher, said, “what separates us from animals is the ability to accessorize.” Clairee was right on … bring those rugs, lamps, TVs, and sectionals (many of which are weather-resistant) right on outside. And don’t forget outdoor art; so many options are available from retailers such as Pottery Barn, Grandin Road, and Frontgate. The use of mirrors outdoors, if placed properly, can make an outdoor space appear larger. Potted plants on patios will literally bring your outdoor space to life. So, my best advice is to visit Pinterest and Houzz to get some ideas together and share your vision with your landscape designer, if you are working with one. Let your imagination take you away. The possibilities are endless! ❖

LIGHTING Most of all, don’t forget the lighting! There are so many options to create ambience with light. Low-voltage lighting is not expensive, and it can add so much visual interest and extend the use of the space.

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Relationships Are What It’s All About Local custom home builder Jonathan Caron brings the craftsmanship of yesterday to your dream home of today BY PAM KAMPHUIS PHOTOS COURTESY OF JONATHAN CARON CONSTRUCTION


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Facing, left: Traditional Virginia rambler conversion to Craftsman style home. Facing, right: Modern, wall-hung vanity. Left: Custom made, built-in bunkbeds, as featured in Irish Times. Above: Farmhouse Kitchen island with custom wood top

“In a small town, you have to do a good job,” believes Jonathan Caron, owner of Jonathan Caron Construction, a custom home building and custom remodeling company in Warrenton. Caron prides himself on his work, but also his relationships with not only clients, but everyone involved with each of his builds. It is these relationships that are carrying his business to success, as his long list of testimonials on his web page, and continued referrals from past clients, attest. As a self-described military brat, Caron grew up all over the country, but mostly defines himself as a New Englander. It was there, through exposure to the distinctive colonial architecture that defines New England, that he developed his love for architecture and home building. He has great appreciation for the craftsmanship, perseverance, and incredible amount of labor it took to build houses hundreds of

year ago without the technology—and machinery—available today. He met his wife, Amy, at VA Tech, where they were both pursuing civil engineering degrees and both were members of the Corps of Cadets. After their marriage, they continued the nomad lifestyle, following jobs, moving between Virginia, Rhode Island, and the west coast, working as civil engineers. It was then that Caron realized sitting behind a computer at a desk all day long wasn’t for him; he needed to be outside, moving, and working, which led to a switch in career to outside construction. During those years he had the opportunity of working for—and gaining experience from—many different custom builders and construction companies. He and his wife settled in Warrenton for good in 2010, and started the business in 2013. In the six months it took for the business to get rolling, Caron cold-called

architects, looking for opportunities and making connections. His first job was a renovation of a mid-century modern in Amissville, now he and his team have two to three jobs going at any given moment. The business most often works with high-end custom home building and creative renovations, and Caron thrives on the meticulous quality he bestows on each job. At this time, he is also offering custom treehouses, both recreational for children and true homes built in trees. He has teamed up with a leading expert in treehouse engineering, Charles Greenwood, to offer his clients this creative new option. Caron considers his relationship with his customers as paramount to his success. “Unique custom home building is very personal,” he says. He works on developing trust with his clients, sometimes a bit of a challenge since most people are uncertain about

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builders. He is very in tune to the emotions of his clients because, he says, “Not only are you working with them to create their dream home, which is very personal, you are also working with what is likely a significant amount of their money. The clients are the boss, they are paying us.” Doing his best to remain in budget is another part of Caron’s business formula that his customers appreciate; according to client Charles Schaub, “He found creative ways to make changes that allowed us to stay within our budget.” State-of-the-art


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technology helps Caron keep in touch with his clients, who can check in on the progress and schedule of their job online, as well as choose colors and materials for everything to paint and countertops to floor materials. Equally important are his relationships with his employees and



subcontractors, which he also considers crucial. He has one full-time employee; his construction manager Josh, a cabinet maker by profession. Josh’s brother Joel does a lot of interior work on a part time basis. Everyone else on the job is a subcontractor. Within each industry, he has

Above: Mid-century home with modern additions. Facing, left: Children’s treehouse with red cedar siding and spiral slide. Facing, right: Cool, clean kitchen with modern stylings.

“[I] have never worked with such a trustworthy and reliable contractor as Jonathan Caron.” — JOCELYN THOMAS, CLIENT

developed, and prizes, his core team of tradesmen. He uses the same subcontractors every time, having chosen them because they are responsible, care about their work, finish things on time, and, most of all, are very good at what they do. “Their work is clean. They know the specs for their job, and work to spec every time, avoiding run-ins with inspectors and regulations which can lead to delays. It is in everyone’s best interest to get the jobs done quickly and efficiently.” Caron’s role right now is similar to an orchestra conductor, organizing which people need to be where, when. With two to three jobs going at any one time, Caron is juggling—or managing— between 20 and 30 people at once, from all the different industries involved in home building: architects, concrete finishers for basements, electricians, framers, drywall installers, plumbers, HVAC crews, and more. But he misses the outdoor, physical labor and likes to spend time out on job sites. His goal is to have Josh move into doing more of the management and scheduling, to free Caron up to spend more time marketing, selling, and developing more business relationships. Being a part of the community in Warrenton and Fauquier is also important to him, but with six children (four girls and two boys) between the ages of four and sixteen (who are homeschooled by Amy), opportunities for socializing mostly revolve around the kids’ activities. They all play soccer, and swim on the swim team at the Fauquier Swim Club during the summer, where Caron and Amy manage the concessions. When his oldest daughter auditioned at Fauquier Community Theatre and was cast as the lead in Annie, it began a relationship with the theatre that involved most of the family and continues to be a big part of their lives. Caron was cast as the butler in Annie in the same production, and has since performed in supporting roles in Music Man, The King and I, White Christmas, and was cast as the male lead “Bert” in Mary Poppins. His other girls are often in productions also, and Caron himself became more involved in the theatre; he is in his third year on the board of directors, and has, of course, helped with renovations of the Vint Hill Theatre, a joint effort with Fauquier County Parks and Rec. Caron’s carefully cultivated, and maintained, relationships and the trust he has built with everyone in his community have served him well in developing his business and enables him to do what he loves; helping clients to realize their dream home. Reach him at jonathancaron.com ❖

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Hikers Inspired by a Trendsetter Grandma Gatewood: first woman to thruhike the Appalachian Trail solo BY ANDREAS A. KELLER


randma Gatewood is considered a trendsetter. She was a strong, independent, elderly woman who reinvented herself, revolutionized hiking, and inspired ultralight backpacking. She fully understood what she had accomplished when she told her daughters, “When I am dead and gone, they’re going to erect monuments to me.”

Building a New Future After caring for a family and reaching the end of one’s working life, most of us look forward to the promise of leisure in retirement. This was not the case for Emma Rowena Gatewood. She was born in 1887 in Ohio to a farm family of 15 children, and at the age of 19 married a school teacher, P. C. Gatewood. Together they had 11 children. She lived through the horrors of a highly abusive marriage for 33 years, and would often escape violence by running into the woods where she found peace and solitude. In 1940 she succeeded in divorcing her husband and raised her youngest three children on her own.


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Determination In the early 1950s, Emma Gatewood stumbled upon an article in an old National Geographic magazine romanticizing a hiking trail that stretched for 2,050 miles along

the Appalachian mountain range from Georgia to Maine. When she learned that no woman had ever hiked the Appalachian Trail, she felt challenged and told her daughter, “If those men can do it, I can do it.” Her attempt in 1954 to hike the AT ended in failure after eight days. She broke her glasses, got lost, and the rangers looking for her told her to go home. She did not tell anyone at the time about her illfated adventure. One year later, Emma Gatewood, at the age of 67, was determined to succeed. She started out in Georgia at the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail. In one continuous hike, she finally reached Mt. Katahdin in Maine after 147 days. Emma Gatewood became a national celebrity known by the trail name “Grandma Gatewood,” the first woman to thruhike the AT by herself. When Grandma Gatewood was asked by a reporter about her impression of the trail, she said that the National Geographic article she read made her think “…it would be a nice lark. It wasn’t.” She added, “… this is no trail. This is a nightmare …I would never have started this trip if I had known how tough it was, but I couldn't and wouldn’t quit.”

And again…. In 1956, Grandma Gatewood hiked the AT again, making her the first person to successfully tackle the trail twice. By this time, she was a superstar. And then she tackled it a third time at the age of 76. This time, she hiked it in sections, but was still the first to complete the AT three times. Over the span of 18 years, between the AT, the Oregon Trail, and many other hikes, she had hiked more than 14,000 miles.

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Grandma Gatewood, both a superstar of endurance hiking and a national celebrity, inspired the movement of long distance hiking.



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“I would never have started this trip if I had known how tough it was, but I couldn’t and wouldn’t quit.” She had opened the “door” to the Appalachian Trail to other women, and to the general public, and in doing so she increased not only interest in hiking but also in maintaining the trail. In 1964, during her third hike on the AT, four other thru-hikers completed the trail, and by 1971 twenty-one thru-hikers finished the 2,050 mile trail. Our hiking club, Boots ‘n Beer, reveres Grandma Gatewood and has benefitted from her experience. We have also come across others who have also been inspired by her during our local hikes, which sometimes cross the AT where it comes through our area. Last year, we met a young German lady who was thru-hiking. She had completed 900 miles, logging between 15 and 22 miles every day. When I asked her what motivated her do such an adventure she answered, “I read this wonderful article about


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Ultralight Backpacking In 1970, at the age of 83, she was asked what she thought about the latest lightweight backpacking gear. Emma advised, "Make a rain cape, an over-the-shoulder sling bag, and buy a sturdy pair of Keds tennis shoes. Stop at local groceries and pick up vienna sausages ... most everything else to eat you can find beside the trail." In a self-made drawstring knapsack she carried a few essentials: a coat, a shower curtain to keep the elements at bay, a Swiss Army knife, a flashlight, a bottle of water, a pencil, and notebook. In a Band-Aids box she kept some matches, bobby pins, iodine and Vicks salve. She hiked in dungarees and tennis shoes, so, just in case it would be needed,



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industry grows, they would like to continue to source locally. In fact, KO Distilling in Manassas made the commitment to source all their corn, wheat, and rye in Virginia and received grant money to help expand. Local farmers are not yet seeing a big impact from these relatively new operations but have hopes for this new market in the future. Melody Powers of Powers Farm in Warrenton, which grows and sells hops to Old Bust Head Brewing, notes that producing hops is not very profitable. But it has enabled Powers and her husband, who hope to open their own brewery soon, to transform a patio hobby in the city into a growing farm. Dudley Rinker of Rinker Orchards in Stephens City is more enthusiastic. He says the growing demand for hard ciders from Mt. Defiance Cidery in Middleburg and others has helped his business and neighboring orchards stay profitable. Rinker also says the demand has also helped the preservation of previously endangered heirloom apples.

All this success has created new challenges. According to Paige Thacker of the extension service in Prince William County, disposing of spent grains at the end of the brewing and distilling process is causing some headaches. One solution is using the spent grain as livestock feed. Brad Smith, whose family has a farm in Gainesville, uses spent grain from Old Bust Head. He admits the spent grain has cut his feed costs but those savings are offset by the related labor and transportation costs of the grain. Another solution has been provided by Julie Fanning in Bristow, who uses spent grain from the beer brewing process at Old Bust Head and Tin Cannon Brewing to make several products for her Simpli soaping studio (www.simpliartisan. com). Fanning also plans to experiment soon with grains from distilleries to see if she can use them for her products. If the popularity and growth of the local brewing and distilling industry continues, there is a bright future for local agriculture. ❖

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Today, cemeteries that are not maintained or delineated with a stone wall or fence are at risk of disappearing. Five years ago, the Fauquier Family Cemetery Foundation, Inc. (FFCF) organized to preserve and protect these hallowed grounds. “We work with property owners and descendants, who find our website online, to find identifiers on the property,” said Lory Payne, FFCF executive director. In a few cases, identifiers can be the remains of wrought iron fences or rubble walls. Most often, identifiers are fieldstone markers, depressions in the ground, and patches of periwinkle. To the untrained eye, a field of graves looks like nothing more than a field. “People call and tell us that they know of a cemetery that they worry will disappear if it is not documented,” Payne said. From there, volunteers begin a process that includes a significant amount of research and fieldwork. Referring to original deeds and land grants, Payne and her team can pinpoint areas likely to contain graves. If they find sufficient evidence, they will record their findings and submit them to the county for documentation. In several cases, groundpenetrating radars have confirmed their findings. Although most people think of tombstones when they think of cemeteries, in many cases regular stones were placed at gravesites as markers. But even those stones might not remain. The grazing of cattle on old tracts of land can all but destroy grave markers. “Cattle do a number on existing walls or fences of old family cemeteries,” said Payne. In some cases, present owners are happy to help with the preservation of a cemetery on their property. “I think some people are excited to have the connection to the past,” Payne said. “One cattle farmer put up a wooden fence around an old cemetery in the middle of his pasture when he learned it was there.” Once graves have been located, the team turns its findings over to the county government, which has added a GIS (Geographic Information System) layer to its interactive parcel database. The interface, accessible on the website, enables people to review

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or otherwise. “We did a little research and discovered that the tombstone, that of Luke Woodward, actually belonged in Fauquier County. We went and found the base, which was still in the family cemetery, and were able to reinstate the stone.” Not long after, the group received another call from a chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, also out of Alexandria. “They also had a tombstone,” Payne said. “As it turned out, that tombstone also belonged in the Woodward family cemetery.” At the time of our interview, the foundation was working with DAR members to reinstate the second tombstone. “It is this connection to the past that keeps our volunteers involved,” says Edward Wenger, Chairman of the Board of Directors for 2016-2018. Family cemeteries are not the only graves the group finds. “We have found that just beyond the boundary of a family cemetery there may be a Civil War soldier grave,” Payne said. It was impractical during battle or on marches to carry a body when soldiers were killed or died. Instead, fallen soldiers (both Union and Confederate) often were buried just outside the fence or



wall of a nearby family cemetery with the intention of coming back to collect them after the war for final burial in their home town. In some cases, that never happened. In the past eight years, the FFCF has assisted the Sons of Confederate Veterans in placing 14 U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs tombstones for Civil War soldiers of both the Union and Confederate armies. One such example is that of the tombstone for Owen Reynolds of the 1st Rhode Island Cavalry. Reynolds’ descendants acquired the notebook of a Civil War surgeon who had treated Reynolds during the war. “The descendants contacted the foundation via our website and asked if we could help locate the grave of their ancestor. With the meticulous notes kept by the surgeon, it was actually rather easy,” said Payne. “We knew that the soldier had stayed in Camp Reliance, a Federal Civil War Camp, and the surgeon detailed a freshwater stream on the east side of the property adjacent to a family cemetery near Catlett.” Once they located the grave, the foundation worked with the Department of Veterans Affairs and filed the appropriate paperwork to get

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hoosing a school for your child can be a complex endeavor. The decision is not as simple nowadays as it has been in the past. It takes a lot of work to find the right place to meet your child’s educational needs. In our area, there are lot of education options. Differences between public and private schools have narrowed and the comparison today actually can be quite close. What is good for your neighbor might not be satisfactory for your family. That's why it is important for parents to do their homework. While many are aware of what county public schools have to offer, there is also a wide range of private elementary and secondary schools in the area that parents can consider. And they all offer something a little different. To fully understand the choices, parents need to undertake some research, and perhaps even do a little networking. Location is probably one of the primary factors in the search for private schools. Some other issues to consider are a school's curriculum, special needs services, class size, sports programs, teacher qualifications, classroom technology, school security and safety, student diversity, testing procedures, extracurricular activities, and conduct/moral codes. Other issues may be the availability


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of after-school academic assistance, individual student counseling, or community service opportunities. College preparation and records of successful alumnae student performance may be high on a parent’s list. Parents may also may want to consider the opportunities available for parental involvement regarding school policies and procedures. PRESCHOOLS THAT EXTEND INTO ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOLS

While there are many private preschools, there are some that extend into higher grades. The Boxwood Montessori School in Warrenton extends to first grade. Other Montessori schools in the area that vary in age levels are Mountainside Montessori School and Montessori School of Middleburg, both located in Marshall. St. James Episcopal, which offers classes through fifth grade, and St. John the Evangelist School, which carries students through eighth grade, are both in Warrenton, and Hill School in Middleburg also offer preschool programs that extend into the upper grades. St. Paul’s School, Haymarket Baptist Church (through kindergarten), Linton Hall School, Youth For Tomorrow, and St. Michael’s Academy are all located in the Haymarket and Bristow area. Although a little further, Belle Meade School in Sperryville offers kindergarten through 10th grade, with the added twist of a sustainable living curriculum. PRIVATE HIGH SCHOOLS

Schools in our area which extend from preschool through high school are Highland School in Warrenton, Wakefield School in The Plains, and Wakefield Country Day School at Flint Hill. Middleburg Academy offers grades 8-12. Foxcroft School, also in Middleburg, is a high school which also has boarding facilities. PAROCHIAL SCHOOLS

Parochial schools are popular alternatives. Some offer only



elementary levels, while others offer grades through 12. Fresta Valley Christian School in Marshall offers both elementary and secondary levels, along with Providence Christian Academy in Warrenton. Those parochial schools which only include elementary grades are Saint James’ Episcopal School in Warrenton, St. Michael’s Academy in Haymarket, and Midland Christian Academy in Midland. Grades 1 through 8 are taught at Emmanuel Christian School in Manassas and St. John the Evangelist School in Warrenton, along with Manassas Adventist Preparatory School. Manassas Christian School also offers both elementary and middle school levels. HOMESCHOOLERS

Covenant Christian Academy in Warrenton offers supplementary classes for homeschoolers through grade 10, with plans to expand to older students. With all of these considerations, remember that homework is actually doing the groundwork for a set of assigned tasks, whether for parents or students. It is worth taking the extra time to do a little research to help your child succeed in his or her best academic environment. So, be prepared and do your homework!❖

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nature & outdoor camps Some people may be familiar with Nature Deficit Disorder, a term coined by Richard Louv. It just means that kids in our society aren’t getting enough nature time. Summer is the perfect time to remedy that, with many traditional summer camps which spend a lot of time outdoors fishing, canoeing, hiking, etc. 4-H Camp, Front Royal


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s March begins, we are all looking forward to warmer spring weather, but I bet the kids are already looking as far forward as summer! Parents and kids want different things out of summer. Kids look forward to lazy days, no homework, no structure or schedule,


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and having fun with their friends. Parents may want, or need, something more. We all want our kids to have fun, restful, summers. But we don’t want their minds to turn to mush. So….come up with a combination of activities that can make everyone happy! Our area abounds with summer programs for kids…from academic to sports, to arts and music, to just-for-fun. Here are a unique ones we found.



The ultimate classic overnight summer camp, similar to the types parents will remember from their childhoods is the 4-H Camp in Front Royal. Canoeing, hiking, swimming, archery, bonfires, campfire songs and much more await the children. Campers do not have to be in 4-H to attend, and is open to all local counties. Silver Lake Regional Park, Haymarket This outdoor adventure summer camp offers experiences in hiking, fishing, archery, boating, survival skills, and traditional camp activities such as arts and crafts. Verdun Adventure Bound, Rixeyville This outdoor, experiential, non-technology camp. Experience the challenge course, hiking, low and high rope elements, shelter building, and art projects. Campers learn about ecosystems, hiking, climbing, kayaking and camping.

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equestrian camps Grove Spring Farm, Culpeper This camp teaches horsemanship and horse care, but also offers nature appreciation as well.

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Battlefield Polo, Haymarket Equestrians who want a camp to learn about the classic game of polo. Rainbow Therapeutic Riding Center, Haymarket This camp is for students with special needs and focuses on personalized attention in very small groups by certified PATH camp instructors. Therapeutic riding, horse care and handling, equine assisted learning, arts and crafts, hiking, fishing, games and more is offered.

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theater & art Center For The Arts, Manassas, Gainesville, and Woodbridge The Pied Piper Theatre Summer Camps include a musical theatre day camp, superheroes, and villains. Disney Princess Camps, and Whodunit Murder Mystery Dessert Theatre performance workshop for teens are also available along with workshops and productions.

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Offers camps in mad science, dinosaurs, and archeology.

Broadway camp is an intensive three-week intensive camp that brings visiting industry professionals in to work with students on all aspects of a performance: auditions, interviews, practice, choreography, set design, sound, and performance.

Fresta Valley Christian School, Marshall Their program offers campers a discovery in bugs: catch, study, feed and free them. Lord Fairfax Community College Workforce Solutions Youth Camps, Middleton, Vint Hill & Warrenton Technology offerings from LFCC include video game coding, creative design, robotics, code breakers, and “app attack.”


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Highland School, Warrenton Art Sharpie is an art camp for the budding artists out there. Campers will create a variety of different works of art utilizing all the colors Sharpie offers. LFCC, Middleton, Vint Hill & Warrenton Kid's College Drama Summer Camp will learn how to create a character by performing monologues and scenes, to think on the spot as they perform improvisational scenes, and do this by learning basic acting techniques and terms.



history Fresta Valley Christian School, Marshall Campers solve historical mysteries from the Revolutionary War with lego robotics...missions will be based on Paul Revere’s ride, the Boston Tea Party, and other Revolutionary war battles in a patriotically decorated room while wearing a tri-cornered hat.

sports Irish Golf Academy, Warrenton In tiny groups of three, kids get specialized attention from golf pro Barry MacMahon and feedback through Trackman Simulators, which offer an unprecedented visualization factor for kids to analyze their own swings and compare them with PGA players. This camp is held entirely indoors (think air conditioning).

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fantasy & fairy tales St. James Episcopal School, Warrenton Ballet Academy of Warrenton Gainesville Ballet, Gainesville


All these locations offer a glimpse into fairies, Frozen, princesses, My Little Ponies, pixies and enchanted forests are some of the options for boys and girls to pretend this summer. Have your children explore imagination through dance, crafts, dress up, and music with one of these camps.

Wakefield School, The Plains

Highland School, Warrenton

This camp explores food, cooking and culture and includes field trips to markets and farms to understand the entire culinary experience from prep to table.

Star Wars camp offers exploration into the world of the Jedi and to learn about galaxies and space. Harry Potter camp takes participants into the world of Hogwarts to learn about the defense from the dark arts and spells and potions.

Highland School, Warrenton Culture, cooking and dance. Experience the world’s diverse culinary offerings through recipes from different countries while exploring their cultures and traditional dances.

You may be thinking, “but it’s only March!” The reality is that summer camps fill up fast, so doing your research now will get you in the camps of your choice. We’ve done some of the work for you and compiled a contact list of our preferred* summer camp providers. Good luck! ❖

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4439 Old Tavern Rd, The Plains

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608 Blackwell Rd. Warrenton

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John Beasley’s Travels to the Top of Africa




ot many people would agree to fly halfway around the world so that they could climb a dormant volcano to a height of nearly 20,000 feet (19,341). But right after Christmas, Warrenton resident John Beasley did just that. The reason? His son asked him to. “So my son, John III, is in graduate school at Cornell Business,” Beasley explains, “and he and his grad school friends try to do some consulting in third-world countries pretty much annually. As an offshoot of every one of those trips, they find something interesting to do. This year they decided, ‘Let’s try Kilimanjaro.’ ” But how did the 50-something year old Beasley get roped into extreme hiking with ten twenty- and thirty-somethings? “My son’s girlfriend said, ‘You should take your dad! It’s an outdoorsy thing, and he’s outdoorsy!’ ” Beasley laughs. His son called him in October to run the idea past him. Beasley, who loves spending time with his son, decided it was “a chance to do something awesome” and decided to go for it. “I’m not a professional mountain climber. I have a job and a truck. I’m just a regular guy,” Beasley says. But Beasley is also more physically fit than the average guy. Every morning, he commutes into D.C. for his job as a federal prosecutor. From 7 to 8 a.m., you might find him running on the National Mall or lifting weights. But


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his last climb at extreme altitudes was when John III was a preteen. The pair spent three days above the clouds in Maui, camping, hiking, and backpacking in and around the Haleakala Crater. But that was over a decade ago, and Kilimanjaro is not Old Rag. The climb can be difficult and dangerous. The body can react violently when subjected to its altitudes. Kilimanjaro’s summit sits at 19,341 feet. That’s nearly six times as tall as Old Rag, taller than any mountain in the continental U.S. Seventy-seven percent of those who try to reach Kilimanjaro’s summit develop some form of acute mountain sickness, or AMS. Deaths on Kilimanjaro are not common, but as Beasley puts it, if you take a wrong step at certain points during your climb and fall, “There’s nothing below you but God and green grass.”

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Beasley began his adventure in Arusha, Tanzania, where John III and his friends gathered together with Beasley for a pre-climb briefing. The next morning, their guide service’s van delivered Beasley’s group to Machame Gate, which is located in the southern base of the mountain. “Your guide has to go in and register his group with the park authorities, pull his permits, and get his crew. So you’re cooling your heels there at 5,380 feet, right there at the gate,” Beasley says. At this elevation, the climbers are in the rainforest. “It’s hot and humid, but not oppressive, with lots of thick trees,” Beasley says. “After the guide’s got his crew, the porters load up the gear, distribute it all around, and then it’s a seven-mile hike to the first camp, Machame, at 9,350 feet. We bunked there the first night.”

The group’s elevation changed from 12,631 to 15,091 feet during this day’s hike. “After 12,000 feet or so you hit alpine desert, and it just looks like moon rocks,” Beasley says. His group trekked to Kilimanjaro’s Lava Tower at 15,190 feet. They descended to sleep lower, at 13,044 feet at the Barranco camp. Changing elevations helps you adjust to the big jumps in altitude. Beasley says. “At every one of these stages, you get up, try to eat, you work your body hard then you put all the gear down, try to eat and drink and go to sleep. You’ve got to get the calories in along the way.” Calories are, after all, energy. The porters plied Beasley’s group with hot soup, porridge, and pancakes with honey. But the temperatures near the top were so cold that the honey came out in slowmotion glops. Once inside the mess tent that night, the group closed all flaps and kept moving and talking to raise the temperature inside their shelter.

Day 2 The group set out for Shira camp the next morning. “From the Machame to Shira, you’re going from 9,350 feet to 12,500 feet,” Beasley explains. “Now you’re in an alpine scrub area, and you’ve switched out of your warmweather gear and into coolweather gear.” After camping at Shira, Beasley’s group woke to ice on their tents.

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Day 4 After sleeping at Barranco camp, Beasley’s group made the difficult ascent through Karanga at 13,106 feet, where they stopped to eat what lunch they could, and then pushed up to Barafu Camp at 15,331 feet, their last stop

Hypothermia occurs when the body is losing more heat than it’s producing. This drop in body temperature causes the heart, nervous system, and other organs to go haywire, resulting in symptoms like confusion, breathing problems, loss of coordination, and even loss of consciousness.


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before the summit. “That whole section there is only six miles long, but it takes ten hours. During this stage of the journey there are points where “you have to collapse your hiking pole to about a foot, and you’re leaning into the cliffs and scrambling over rock walls,” Beasley says. “That was something I didn’t realize, that there was going to be bouldering involved. Bouldering is fun on a day hike. Here, there’s nothing but God out there—no special ropes, nets, or anything. If you don’t have your hand-holds or anything, that’s it for you.” This stage of the journey, and on to the summit, takes place entirely in the arctic zone. “For two nights, there were heavy icicles hanging from the tents. Everything froze before it hit the ground,” Beasley says. These temperatures can be treacherous. “You have to make sure all the layers you have on are wicking the sweat away from your body so that you don’t go hypothermic,” Beasley explains. Happily, the group’s gear protected them from the elements, though all of the climbers were suffering from symptoms of acute mountain sickness at that time. “We were all on high altitude medicine. Everyone had a problem with keeping food down.”

Day 5 starts at midnight “They make you go to sleep in the afternoon there and wake you up at about midnight to try to make the run up to the top of the hill. Your game plan is to get up to 18 or 19,000 feet.” The larger group broke down into small sub groups and all made their attempt in the dark, with headlamps


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“It’s easy to be hard, but it’s hard to be smart.” and their heaviest arctic gear on. “You’re basically not moving any faster than one foot in front of the other. You try and be good, stay focused, and maintain three points of contact at all times, making sure you’re holding onto things,” Beasley says. “By this point, everyone in my sub group was feeling the symptoms of mountain sickness despite the medication, but still pushing through.” “After climbing the Barranco Rock Wall, my son and I got to Stella Point at 18,885 feet. They call it the top of the mountain, but if you have more gas in your tank you can go 450 more yards to the edge of the crater rim to Uhuru Point at 19,341 feet. At the pace we were going, it would have taken us an hour and a bit to get there, and an hour and a bit to get back to Stella and then start back down,” Beasley says. Their guides sat them down and had a hard conversation with them. “We had burned through the water we packed with the exception of maybe a half a liter each. We were mentally very motivated to drive on. But considering the pace we were moving, we would have to make a good part of the descent over the Barranco Rock Wall in the dark if we pushed on for the Point. And we didn’t have enough water.” Beasley shrugs. “There’s an expression in the military: ‘It’s easy to be hard, but it’s hard to be smart.’ We would have had to go almost four hours longer,



in the dark and with no water. We decided to turn around, and start heading back.” The descent is through the Mweka Camp at 10,137 feet. You sleep overnight at Mweka Camp and then hike the rest of the way down and out through the Mweka Gate at 5,383 feet. Obviously the descent goes much more quickly than the climb. “They take you back down a good ten to twelve thousand feet quickly, and the last gate is roughly the same altitude as the first one was. You feel a lot better going down—you’ve got more dense oxygen, it’s getting less cold, and you’re fired up that you hit your goal.” “I was hurting coming down, though,” Beasley laughs. “My son was doing pretty good on his walking poles, but I’m a good thirty years older than these guys. Quite often I’d feel hands going under my armpit to help me down a steep slope or drop, and it would be one of the porters or guides.” What Beasley took away from the climb was not what some might expect. “Watching my son be a grown man was something. He’s a captain in the Army, and those leadership skills are there. He’s been through two tours to Afghanistan, but that’s different because you don’t see that as dad. During this trip, I watched the kind of man he is on full display, he was always trying to encourage people and keep them going. He is just an impressive man,” Beasley says, beaming. “I couldn’t be prouder of him. I wouldn’t expect anything different, but it was just something to see and it was a blessing to see it all.” ❖



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Dry Needling Technique Relief of muscle pain available from a lesser known, effective option BY ROBIN EARL


hysical therapists employ many techniques to try and relieve their patients’ pain. Whether the pain is caused by an injury, a chronic illness or is the result of a recent surgery, therapists may use corrective exercise, manual treatment, or other modalities to restore function. Functional dry needling is one lesser-known but effective option. Functional Dry Needling is a treatment technique used to treat myofascial pain— pain that is associated with inflammation or irritation of muscle or fascia (connective tissue surrounding the muscle). A small monofilament needle is inserted into the muscle fibers, which typically contain a trigger point. The trigger point is a taut band of skeletal muscle, often tender to the touch, located within a larger muscle group.

There is no solution injected. Most people will not even feel the needle inserted through the skin, but once it is in the muscle, a couple of responses are possible. If the tissue is healthy, very little discomfort is typically reported. If the tissue is sensitive, shortened, or has a trigger point—causing a neuromuscular dysfunction—a muscle cramp sensation or a “muscle twitch” is often reported. The twitch response elicits a biochemical response that can deactivate the trigger point, decrease pain and restore the function of the muscle. The number of “sticks” required can vary, depending on the condition and number of body parts being treated. Most patients can expect a minimum of three sticks per treatment. Functional dry needling is not the same as acupuncture. The monofilament needle used is similar, but acupuncture is a modality of traditional Chinese medicine. Functional Dry Needling is based firmly in western medical philosophy and

Left: The needle used in the therapy is so thin most patients hardly feel it. Once in place, it can be stimulated for a better effect. Right: Dr. Kristen Pierce, PT, DPT, performs dry needling therapy at Fauquier Health Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.


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supported by research. It is one treatment modality that may be used after a physical therapist completes a thorough, individualized PT evaluation. The evaluation allows the therapist to determine whether dry needling is appropriate, and guides the therapist to insert needles into the correct muscle tissue. Functional dry needling is an effective treatment for acute and chronic pain management and sport-related injuries. Some conditions that may benefit include: repetitive stress injuries, muscle tendonitis, neck pain, back pain, rotator cuff injuries, frozen shoulder, sacroiliac dysfunction, sciatica, muscle strains, iliotibial band syndrome, patellofemoral dysfunction, tennis/golfers elbow, piriformis syndrome or headaches. Orthopedic and sport-related conditions of the hip, lumbar spine, thigh, cervical spine, shoulder, and upper/lower extremity can be treated as well. Dry needling is just one modality used in a course of a PT session. Just like with any other treatment, patients should start to see some type of improvement in their symptoms or function in three to four visits. The patient is assessed and reassessed after each needling session to determine if their function has improved. Functional dry needling is performed at Fauquier Health Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 253 Veterans Drive in Warrenton. In order to perform dry needling, Dr. Kristen Pierce, PT, DPT, has completed 54 contact hours of continuing education classes dedicated to the modality. Anyone with further questions, or who would like to schedule an outpatient PT evaluation, may call (540) 316-2680. ❖


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Northern Virginia Pub Theology A new way to experience religion STORY BY LYNNETTE ESSE | PHOTOS BY LITA TRIMMINGS


f you stop in to have dinner or play a round of darts at McMahon’s Irish Pub in Warrenton on the first Monday night of the month, you are likely to encounter a large group off to the side engaged in a lively discussion about religion. Inspired by similar groups in other towns, Pastor Dennis Di Mauro of Trinity Lutheran Church in Warrenton worked to bring something similar to our community. He held a brainstorming session with some of the members of his own church to determine the feasibility of hosting a local group. The motivation for them, of course, was outreach to people who don’t normally attend church in hopes of building their own membership. In February 2016, Northern Virginia Pub Theology meetings launched at McMahon’s. So far the results have been encouraging. Each month the group continues to grow. In the beginning there were only a handful of attendees; as of November, the group had expanded to two dozen. “At least two to three who attend each month are not affiliated with any particular church,” Pastor Di Mauro said. Some of his first discussion topics included Lent, resurrection, faith, and baptism. Attributing much of the growth of this group to the inclusion of other religious leaders, Dennis said, “As I have invited other pastors to lead a session, some of their members have started to attend. We have begun to build relationships as we learn that we have much in common with one another.” Father David Monroe, from St. Michael’s Anglican Church in Haymarket, was the first guest pastor to venture into Pastor Dennis’ new world of pub theology last August. He led a discussion called “What does one


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Pastor Dennis Di Mauro


Left: Pastor John Kuvakas, Warrenton Bible Fellowship Pastor Dennis and participants Top: Pastor Dennis and participants enjoy the enjoy thegatherings monthly gatherings. monthly Above: Marsha & Larry Tisch, Bishop Ron Stevens

Holy Catholic Apostolic Church look like?” He shared scripture readings and historical background, prompting an engaging conversation. Father Monroe commented, “It was a wonderful, non-confrontational way for Christians of different denominations and backgrounds to talk about the things they believe. I think this format resembles the mode the apostles did evangelism.” He added, “I love going to Pub Theology with my wife. Being new to the area, we have

enjoyed getting to know people.” In September, Pastor John Clair of Jehoash Presbyterian Church in Catlett was invited in to add a new perspective. He said, “I led the September forum on the concept of ‘Sola Scriptura,’ a foundational doctrine of the Protestant Reformation. I think it went exponentially well. Although the participants came from a broad range of Christian backgrounds, we were able to discuss the primacy, clarity, and necessity of the Scripture driving our lives and faith

expressions. Although this topic is not something which unites us with Roman Catholics, it does unite us with Christians of all Protestant denominations. [Most Protestants see Holy Scripture as the sole basis of faith and morals, while Catholics would also allow for other writings of the church (including the canons of Church councils) to form their faith.] The focus was essentially, “Is the Word of God sufficient?” It seemed we found that it certainly was.” This group regularly hosts both Catholics and Protestants. To date, no representatives of non-Christian faiths have attended, but they would be welcome. Bishop Ron Stephens from St. Andrew the Apostle Parish in Casanova led the group in October with an introduction to the Holy Trinity from a historical perspective. He said, “I thought people might be interested to see how the thought process of theology develops to the point where it becomes a belief shared by everyone (dogma). My focus, and the focus of the very ecumenical and diverse group of Christians, is on what makes us the same, what common

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core of beliefs we hold. There has been too much divisiveness—we are all Christian—so what do we share in common? The Trinity is an essential belief of Christian understanding and most, if not all, Christian sects teach it and believe in it.” “The sharing of the attendees, about 22 people that night, was excellent. They asked deep questions and responded with interest and empathy. I believe they too were more interested in what unites us. They also seemed to enjoy the historical part, noting the progression of thought in the Gospels over 50 years on the question “Who was Christ? How can he be God?’” Stephens explains, “I got involved with the group through one of our pastors luncheons [a gathering of any local pastors who would like to attend who meet once a month at area restaurants]. I heard Pastor Dennis talking about it and told him that the idea of bringing church to people outside of a physical church intrigued me. I have been going regularly and some of my parishioners as well. The size of the group seems to grow each month.” November brought in Pastor Tim Tate of Warrenton United Methodist Church. His topic of “grace” encouraged questions, discussion, and a variety of opinions. He said, “Pub theology gives the opportunity for folks from different denominational backgrounds to come together to learn and discuss basic tenets of the faith on a level that is safe, non-threatening, and inclusive. It is a witness to a God who is greater than many divisions and “isms” that frequently divide us as a nation, as The Church, and as people of God.” “Pub theology is a quiet witness,” he added. “When someone walks by our huge table filled with people intent on a discussion about God and theology, they can be drawn in to listen and join, or simply reflect upon God while eating dinner, having a drink, or playing darts.” The only attendee who has made it to every session is Larry Tisch, a member of Trinity Lutheran Church. He enjoys having dinner and socializing with friends at McMahon’s before the meeting begins. He said, “I think Pub Theology feels relaxed and comfortable. Everybody is very friendly and listens to each other. Sometimes I hear an idea or a question that makes me think about my preconceived notions. If we are challenged, it encourages us to grow in our faith. It is interesting to talk with people who have different perspectives. I really enjoy it.” Erica Fusco, who owns and operates McMahon's along with her husband, commented, “Many of the attendees will eat dinner, which we appreciate, in Casey's Pub before adjourning to the Glendalough Room for their talk. McMahon's is all about faith, family, and friends so it is our pleasure to provide the space for people to enrich their lives while developing friendships in a social setting. I am glad they chose McMahon's to get together for Pub Theology.”❖


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Pastor Tim Tate, Pastor Dennis DiMauro


Pastor Dennis

Pub Theology is just one of the many ways that Pastor Dennis reaches out to his community. He is also involved in an extensive community outreach program involving local senior living centers and hospitals. He visits Fauquier Hospital, Fauquier Health Rehabilitation & Nursing Center, Brookside Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Amerisist Assisted Living, the Villa at Suffield Meadow, and Gainesville Health and Rehabilitation Center providing visits and/or activities for the residents. As the pastor of a relatively new and growing church, Dennis has the time to devote to his seniors ministry. He said, “I can do ministry every day— sharing God’s word and providing an experience that is valued, appreciated, and meaningful for all of us.” After a long and successful career in the telecom industry, Dennis realized that he was wasting his gifts: his people skills, teaching skills, preaching skills, and musical abilities. He explained, “My calling happened over time. I had this pressure on me, like God was riding me. I felt that I was not doing what I was supposed to be doing.” He spent nine years working full time and going to school part time. He attended Reformed Theological Seminary, earning his Master of Arts in Religion in 2006, then his PhD in Church History and Sacramental Theology at Catholic University in 2012. While still working at Hewlett Packard he began working part time as a pastor-in-training at Reformation Lutheran Church in Culpeper. Now he is the full-time pastor at Trinity Lutheran, located between Gainesville and Warrenton, and is devoted to continuing to grow Pub Theology. For information about what’s “on tap” next month, contact Dennis Di Mauro at dennisdimauro@yahoo.com or call him at 703-568-3346.


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