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A Buried Soldier’s Letter Comes to Light by: Dave Goetz
Private Fielding H. Williams, 34th North Carolina Infantry, writes to family and friends on March 28, 1862 The soldier’s letter from nearly 150 years ago stares back at the reader and reluctantly gives up its story. The grammar is poor and the hand-writing is difficult to read. Worse, the brown ink is faded and the letter is falling apart at its folds. Fielding H. Williams, a private in Company A, 34th North Carolina Infantry, is writing to his sister and a second section to who is perhaps a female friend, Polly Richardson. The letters to each were written together March 28, 1862, from a camp in North Carolina. So many soldiers’ letters from the war years begin with telling their friend or relative about their health. “It is through the mercie (sic) of god that I again take my pen in hand…and inform you that I am well at present thanks to god for his mercie (sic),” Williamson begins. Others have not fared as well. “Richardson is ded (sic)….Nedman is in the hospittle (sic) but is on the mend…DC was verry (sic) bad off the last I heard from him…better he will be in a few days if no bad luck.” Loneliness was a constant companion of soldiers far from home. “I wante (sic) you to write me as soon as you git (sic) this letter and I want you to persuade father to come and see them…and if they die none of us caint (sic) git (sic) to fetch home…” To Polly Richardson, Williams encourages her to “do the Best you can till we come home if we ever Do….” concluding, “I want you to write as soon as you git (sic) this letter and give me all the news you have and I will answer all letters.” He signs off by writing, “I remain yours truly friend until Death,” the soldier’s constant companion. Fielding Williams was born about 1843 in Ashe County, North Carolina, and grew up to be a farmer like those in his family from previous generations. War was already consuming families from the
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North and South when he enlisted in the Laurel Spring Guards, on August 10, 1861. He was 18 years old. When the 34th North Carolina Infantry regiment was organized at Camp Fisher, near High Point, on October 25, 1861, Williams was assigned to Company A. The regiment was ordered to Camp Mangum, near Raleigh, and was transferred to Confederate service on January 1st, 1862. The unit officially counted 1,525 officers and men. By war’s end, 208 of them were killed or died of wounds; 248 died from disease; 401 became prisoners of war and, of these, 33 died in prison camps; 73 more were disabled and 50 deserted. Another four were missing, 74 were discharged and 54 transferred out of the unit. The 34th North Carolina was part of William Dorsey Pender’s brigade, A. P. Hill’s Division, which joined Stonewall Jackson’s corps on July 27, 1862. The Federals were moving in an attempt to outflank Confederate General Robert E. Lee, and Lee had received intelligence that Union General Ambrose Burnside’s Ninth Corps was moving to link up with General John Pope’s army. He ordered Jackson to stop Pope before Burnside could get to him, and they met at Cedar Mountain in Culpeper County on August 9th. While Jackson was attempting to destroy an isolated corps of Pope’s army and on the verge of defeat, Hill’s division arrived to deliver a devastating counterattack. Pender’s brigade was only peripherally involved in the intense fighting, but still two men were killed, 11 wounded and two missing. On August 25th, Jackson began to flank Pope’s army, which was on the north side of the Rappahannock River and was continually receiving additional reinforcements. He was able to gain access to the Orange and Alexandria Railroad and, on the 26th, reached Manassas Junction and the major Federal supply depot there. After capturing great quantities of supplies and destroying the rest, Jackson withdrew his troops five miles to Groveton and assumed a defensive position along an unfinished branch of the Manassas Gap railroad. Hill’s division was on Jackson’s left with three brigades on the line, one brigade on the right, and three brigades – including Pender’s – in reserve. Jackson was outnumbered three-to-one, but Pope launched a piecemeal attack against him. On August 28th, fierce fighting broke out on the Confederate right at Groveton in the late afternoon. Pender’s brigade got into the fight along the unfinished railroad cut on the 29th, and it was here where Fielding Williams was most likely wounded and subsequently brought to Warrenton with other wounded Confederate. Letter continued on page 10 8
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General Lee had decided long before – before the battle of First Manassas – to evacuate Confederate wounded to Warrenton, where they could be triaged, stabilized and moved by rail cars down the spur leading to the Orange and Alexandria and then to larger hospitals at Gordonsville, Richmond and Charlottesville. The old O&A line ran along virtually the same path as today’s Norfolk Southern runs along US 28 and US 29. Warrenton was a strategic location for both sides, not only because of its intersection with several major roads leading in all directions, because of its rail connection to the vitally important O&A line. Warrenton saw thousands of Confederate wounded from not only the battles of First and Second Manassas, but the Bristoe Campaign of the fall of 1863 and numerous clashes between North and South in the Warrenton and Fauquier area. It is reported that Warrenton changed hands 67 times during the 1861-65 war and, like most towns caught in the crosshairs of that conflict, was totally unprepared for the movement of armies
and wounded who were the fallout of the fighting. Warrenton did not have a hospital, much less doctors, nurses and support staff or medicine to care for the thousands of wounded who passed through the town. There were so many Confederate wounded from First and Second Manassas that they were treated inside and on the grounds of churches, in private homes and on their lawns, as 10
well as public places like government buildings and the train depot area. The Confederate Army, much like its Union counterpart, did not have its own surgeons, but rather surgeons who served with specific regiments. Thus the 4th Alabama Infantry had its surgeon and his small staff, as did the 5th Georgia, among others. On September 25, 1862, Warrenton druggist Joseph A. Jeffries wrote his son, Joseph, Jr., in Lynchburg: “We had had about 2,000 wounded here and for some time there was no provision for them atal (sic). The Ladies just had to go to work & feed them, at least try to do so, for it was (sic) had eaten us out… we have nothing to live on here. We have lost everything but the house…” (Letter from Joseph A. Jeffries to his son, Joseph, Jr., September 25, 1862. From Correspondence of Joseph Arthur Jeffries, Fauquier County, Virginia, Confederate Soldier, and Fauquier County History, Personalities, Anecdotes: The Collected Writings of Joseph A. Jeffries, Warrenton, Virginia, 18401919, compiled and edited by Helen
Jeffries Klitch) Hundreds of Confederate soldiers died in Warrenton. Many of those who did not die as a direct result of their wounds died from disease. Private Williams died October 12, 1862, of typhoid fever. Like huge creatures that consume virtually everything where they go, the continual movement of armies back and forth over Warrenton and Fauquier
County, and especially along their roads, stripped fences as well as barns and other outbuildings and used them for firewood; indeed, a great quantity of wood from wooden buildings to trees were needed every year when the armies – mostly the Union Army in this case – settled down to semi-permanent winter quarters. Official permission to live off the land had been granted by an executive order from President Abraham Lincoln and published by the Union War Department July 22, 1862, authorizing military commanders in Virginia and elsewhere to “seize and use any property, real or personal, which may be necessary or convenient…for supplies or other military purposes.” (Grimsley, Mark, The Hard Hand of War: Union Military Policy Toward Southern Civilians, 1861-1865. New York and Cambridge, England: The Cambridge University Press, 1995, p. 87) One of the many results of this consuming was that virtually no wood remained to make coffins for the dead. Indeed, the shortage was so acute that one Federal officer telegraphed another
in charge of moving war materiel by rail asking permission to remove boards “sufficient to make coffins from the car load here belonging to you.” (United States Military Telegraph, Warrenton Junction, December 22, 1863. Author’s collection) Because of this lack of adequate wood, hundreds of Confederate soldiers were laid to rest shoulder-to-shoulder and in Letter continued on page 12 Warrenton Lifestyle
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shallow graves in the Warrenton Cemetery. Enough wood available, however, to make head-boards for the dead, and it is said that students from the town – quite possibly the Fauquier Female Institute, then on Lee Street – stenciled the names, units and dates of death on each headboard before placing them at the head of each soldier’s grave. The winter of 1862-63 was particularly brutal. The 12th New Hampshire was, for a time, stationed near Orlean at a place they nicknamed Starvation Hollow. Years after the war the unit historian recalled the disappearance of miles of rail fence and that it was nearly as expensive to warm an army as to feed it. (Fauquier County History, Personalities, Anecdotes: The Collected Writings of Joseph A. Jeffries, Warrenton, Virginia, 1840-1919, compiled and edited by Helen Jeffries Klitch, p. 46) Fast-forward to January 1863, the winter was extremely cold, barren and icy. The Yankees were back in Warrenton and a unit of New York cavalry – likely the 5th New York – was camped across from the cemetery at today’s intersection of Lee and Keith Streets, where the Fauquier Sheriff’s Department is located. They, too, were without enough firewood to warm themselves against the bitter cold, and went into the cemetery and took up the headstones of the dead Confederates and used them for firewood – thus making nearly 600 identified Confederate soldiers into unknowns. It was a matter of survival, and Johnny Reb didn’t need these pieces of wood as much as Billy Yank did and they were burned to keep the living soldiers from freezing. In 1873, the Memorial Association in Warrenton asked town authorities for permission to exhume the remains of nearly 600 Confederate dead in the town cemetery and place them in a common grave. Permission was granted four years later and, in May 1877, the work was done and a monument “from Virginia to her defenders” was placed atop the large mound over the collected remains. There they lay until 1997, when Robert E. Smith of Carpentersville, Illinois – who had spent 14 years searching for his Confederate ancestor – found Confederate surgeon’s records for 520 of the 585 unidentified Confederate soldiers while doing research at the National Archives in Washington, DC. Not knowing what to do with this information, Mr. Smith had the documents copied and brought them to Warrenton. 12
The cause was taken up by the Black Horse Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy and Bizz Lineweaver, an officer in the UDC, made adding their names to granite on a new wall surrounding the monument her personal mission. By asking groups and individuals to donate to the project, she retired the $140,000.00 debt to design and build the wall within a year.
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The Wall to Name the Fallen was dedicated on Confederate Memorial Day, May 24, 1998. Fielding H. Williams and the 584 Confederate soldiers who lie with him would be pleased – and maybe surprised – at the effort made to honor their sacrifice.
Dave Goetz is owner of Mosby’s Confederacy, Inc., and leads tours in Mosby’s Confederacy, including Virginia counties of Fauquier, Loudoun, Warren, Clarke and Fairfax. He serves on the advisory committee of the John Singleton Mosby Museum Foundation in Warrenton, Virginia, which is restoring Brentmoor: the Spilman-Mosby House to its 1859 - 1880 appearance. He is also a member of the Black Horse Camp, Sons of Confederate Veterans, in Warrenton, Virginia.
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Right: The results of Kiernan’s work in a Kitchen in Brookside. Below: The before photo of the same kitchen, prepped and ready for Kiernan to begin working.
specific requests. “If you give me an empty shell, I’d say, ‘Call a designer.’ But if you’ve done your homework, clipping out pictures of images and colors you like, I can put it together.”
In the kitchen, cabinets are often the place where people start, and the most commonly requested application is age and distress -- making plain cabinets look interesting and even antique. Sometimes, clients will start with just one job--like a cabinet refinish, Kiernan said. Once he’s done and they realize the impact that Kiernan’s work can have on the room at a fraction of the price of buying new materials, they’ll branch out to the other surfaces. Space above the cabinets can be painted to match the cabinets themselves, giving the impression of an entirely new installation. Walls may go from a plain, single color of paint to an ornate design worthy of a 17th century French chateau, and tired, old Formica countertops can be made to look like marble or granite, with the added benefit of being turned into legitimate works of art. Kiernan works with all types of customers--from those who sent him pictures depicting exactly what they want done to those who know only that they want to do something. He’s most cost-effective when his clients have done a little homework and have a budget in mind. “This is where you even save money on the designer,” said Kiernan, who leverages a degree in advertising art and design combined with his interior art experience to help homeowners turn their visions into 16
Kiernan also excels at maximizing a homeowner’s bang for the buck. “We can work within a complete budget or develop one piece-by-piece,” he explained. “That’s when a customer works to identify their priorities. In that case, we can do the work a piece at a time.” While doing a project in phases often doesn’t yield as much savings as doing everything at once, it’s still an economical approach compared to many alternatives. For example, one customer brought Kiernan in to bid on refinishing a library. The quote for doing it in real mahogany was $85,000. Kiernan did it with paint for less than half of that--and it’s almost impossible to tell the difference between the real wood and what Kiernan created. With such refinishing work, Kiernan noted, “The biggest thing is to try and save people money.” Kiernan first tapped into his artistic talents before he began to read. He started drawing at age three. “My mother used to say that’s all I did--doodle and draw,” Kiernan said during a break from work in some rented studio space in Vint Hill, which he uses for some of his larger projects. “It has always been a passion for me.” The Long Island native’s art career took a major step when his 11th grade art instructor introduced him to airbrushing. Kiernan’s first image: his uncle’s ‘79 Camaro. He channeled his creative talents in college, earning his degree in advertising Brush Stroke continued on page 18 Warrenton Lifestyle
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Brush Stroke continued from page 16 from Farmingdale State and a ticket to the New York City advertising agency big-leagues in the process. After spending time in four agencies, Kiernan decided it was time for a change. His father spent 26 years as a New York City firefighter, and Kiernan was feeling the pull of public service himself. He became a police officer, first in Southampton, New York and then, following a move to Virginia in 1989, in Fairfax County.
Above: A two story library in Arlington. Left: Much of John’s work may seem to have a police theme to it as his first career took him into public service before becoming a full time artist. Below: Kiernan works diligently on a new piece.
Kiernan dedicated himself to law enforcement, earning a slot on the elite SWAT team. He also met his wife, Kristi, who’s still a member of the force. Despite the dedication to his job and his new family life, he never stopped working on his art. Soon, he felt another careeraltering pull. “So many times, you’d sit car-to-car and talk about your dreams,” Kiernan recalled about his time on patrol. His dream, he finally realized: become a full-time artist, and soon. “I knew I had to do it. I could not wait another 15, 16 years.” So, in 2001, he stopped waiting and began his current career: artist. Operating out of Warrenton-based Blue Line Studios (which he founded in 2000, four years after he moved to Warrenton), Kiernan’s list of accomplishments and variety of mediums looks far too broad to belong to any one artist. In addition to being a world-class finisher (he’s studied with masters in Italy and France, perfecting the various techniques he uses to achieve his artistic finishes), he’s also a muralist with an incredible eye for detail--and the talent to re-create it. He was commissioned to create a mural featuring legends of science and discovery on the domed ceiling of a two-story library in a Loudoun County home. Another homeowner requested a 20-foot-by-10foot mural of a 1950s street scene in the rural Texas town where he grew up. Then there’s the two-story room in Lake Manassas made to look like it’s done in mahogany to match the room’s centerpiece: a real mahogany bookcase. Oh, and the museum-quality Giclée portraits of Washington Capitals hockey stars Alexander Ovechkin and Mike Green, which Kiernan sells in various sizes on his website, www.kiernanart.com. So impressed were the Capitals with Kiernan’s work that the club asked him to do two high-profile pieces: the team’s 35th anniversary poster and a special work for the 2011 New Year’s Day Winter Classic outdoor matchup between the Capitals and the Pittsburgh Penguins. Both pieces were turned into posters and given to the team’s season ticket holders. Kiernan--a lifelong hockey fan, youth hockey coach and Capitals season-ticket holder himself--admits that of all the work he does, the sports art is his favorite. “If i just did sports murals, I’d be happy,” he said with a smile. Kiernan’s customers are no doubt happy that his work goes well beyond the hockey rink. Besides the homeBrush Stroke continued on page 20
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This mural was just painted on canvas and installed in Denver, NC on April 1 refinishing work on his plate, Kiernan has landed several large-scale projects recently. Washington, D.C.’s Watergate Hotel hired him to paint their room doors to look like they’re made of mahogany. Last year, he completed a breathtaking 16-foot-by-14-foot acrylic-on-canvas wall mural for a lawyer in Georgia, depicting a floor-to-ceiling bookcase full of law books and appropriate mementos. In
the center is an image of a picture window overlooking the southern tip of Manhattan Island as it looked in 1971, when the World Trade Center’s North Tower was was being built. (Like most of Kiernan’s custom-orderd murals, he did the work on pieces of canvas at his studio, then flew to the client and installed it. Besides saving money on travel and lodging, this approach also gives the
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John is fortunate enough to be able to combine two of his passions, artistry and the Capitals. work. The mural is Norman Rockwellesque, paying tribute to the officers who work out of the station as well as to the communities they serve. While demand for his finishing work is on the rise, Kiernan acknowledges that he’s best known as a muralist. His specialties are so different that he’s developing two different followings.
“It’s hard to take someone who does something very well and visualize them outside of that profession,” he explains. “If you do great kitchen cabinets and then you did a signing of your own work for the Washington Capitals--people can’t put the two together.” Kiernan gets no shortage of advice on how to deal with the dilemma. His
dedicated mural customers wonder why he does anything else, while his finishing customers can’t get enough - urging him to focus on his art-as-home-improvement talents. While Kiernan appreciates the advice, his mind is already made up. “I like doing everything.”
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Memorial Day 2011 - part I We Honor our World War II Veterans By John T. Toler
In conducting research for the Fauquier Veterans Memorial, it was revealed that thousands of men and women from Fauquier County served in World War II and over 100 lost their lives fighting overseas or in stateside training accidents. It also became clear that those who were lost and the men and women who came home from the war were present at all of the major battles of World War II, as well as many lesser-known but historically significant actions and events. In recognition of Memorial Day 2011 – 70 years after America was drawn into the epic two-front war – we remember all who served in a two-part series of neverbefore-published World War II accounts derived from interviews and personal papers. Part I is about the unique experiences of a sailor and an airman; Part II, published next month, will be the accounts of a soldier and Marine.
Witness to the Loss of the S.S. Normandie: Seaman Lloyd C. Forbush One day after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Lloyd C. Forbush joined the U.S. Navy. His father, L. O. Forbush, was a waterman from Northumberland County, and Lloyd was already an experienced tugboat captain working on the Rappahannock. So joining the Navy was a natural choice. At the time the war broke out, the family was living in Fredericksburg, where L.O. Forbush owned and operated the Fredericksburg Fish Market. Just two months after joining up, then-Seaman Lloyd Forbush was witness to one of the most dramatic and controversial events of the early days of World War II: the loss of the French ocean liner S.S. Normandie, which was undergoing refitting as a troop ship at a dock on the Hudson River in New York. Once the fastest ocean liner in the world, the Normandie was in New York in 1940, and seized by the U.S. Navy following the fall of France to German forces. Docked in Manhattan near the British liners RMS Queen Mary and RMS Queen Elizabeth, which were also being converted to troopships, the Normandie was renamed the USS Lafayette (AP-53). Work on the conversion started in 1941. On the morning of Feb. 9, 1942, sparks from a welder working in the first class lounge ignited a huge pile of kapok-filled life vests stored there. The flames spread throughout the deck
area, and although the ship had a fire suppression system, it had been disabled during the conversion.
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At the time of the fire, Seaman Forbush was part of a Navy firefighting crew stationed near Pier 88, where the Normandie was docked. Following is his eyewitness account, as stated in a letter sent to his parents the day after the fire: “Yesterday at noon the fire alarm sounded. We thought it was just a drill, WWII continued on page 26
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so we came out of the barracks with only our work clothes on. Officers directed us just around the corner, where the Normandie was docked… the great ship was on fire from one end to the other. We connected our hose tom the city fire trucks and went aboard. “Smoke was coming from everywhere, and the wind was blowing a gale. Water was freezing all over us and the ship. I stayed aboard about an hour and I was soaking wet when I came out. The first aid threw a blanket around me, but in a few minutes my clothes had frozen stiff.” Seaman Forbush returned to the barracks to thaw out, and went to sickbay, where he was given cold tablets before The French ocean liner Normandie (USS Lafayette) was in the process of being going to bed. An hour later, he was called converted to a troop ship when she caught fire on Feb. 9, 1942. out again. “This time I put on plenty of clothes then went aboard the Normandie in a rescue party. Some of our sailors and the firemen were almost frozen and suffocated with smoke. After we had taken off two men, we went back for more. When we got to the end of the gangplank, which ran from the third story to the ship, I felt something moving and found that the ship had started to list. The firemen began to run and scream and slide down her side… it really looked like the whole world was moving.” The Normandie continued to list, and the gangplanks fell way. Somehow, no one was killed. “It didn’t frighten me, for I was on the high side and I knew that if she rolled all the way over that the water was not deep enough to cover her, and I could climb to the highest side. But for some Due to fire damage and thousands of gallons of water reason she stopped when she was half-over, and this made things pumped into the ship, the Normandie capsized next to the tough for fighting fire, as the decks were slanting and covered with ice, and in other places so hot the paint was burning off. I pier. Seaman Lloyd Forbush was one of the Navy men that got the soles of my shoes burnt through, but my feet were not hurt fought the fire. much. Sure messed up my suit of work (right) Later a Chief Warrant Officer, Lloyd Forbush assigned clothes.” With the ship somewhat stabilized, to the USS Acontius, a PT boat tender operating in the South the gangplanks were hoisted back up Pacific. (below) Converted from a new merchant ship hull, and the firefighting and rescue efforts the USS Acontius was used to maintain and repair the PT continued. But the danger of capsizing boats used against the Japanese fleet in the South Pacific. remained. “Such a wonder that more were not hurt. Now and then she would move again, and this would set everyone running. I worked until 11 p.m. that night. Everyone was ordered off then. I went back to the barracks, took a hot shower and went to bed again. WWII continued on page 28 26
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“The Normandie took her final list at 2:30 a.m. Some sight to see that beautiful ship lying over on her side, half covered with water. Police seem to think it was an accident, but if so, it was the most complete one I ever saw. In less than five minutes, she was aflame all over. Personally, I don’t believe it was an accident. It was a shame.” The Normandie was eventually scrapped in 1946. Seaman Forbush’s mother shared his account with the Fredericksburg Freelance-Star, which published it on Feb. 13, 1942. Days later, FBI agents investigating the incident visited the Forbush family at their home on William Street, to determine if they knew any
more about the fire. Of course, they did not, but because enemy sabotage s suspected, all leads were being followed. After an unusual start, Seaman Forbush continued his Naval service, becoming a Chief Warrant Officer and serving on ships in the Atlantic Theater of war. Later, he was sent to the Pacific, where he was served on the USS Acontius AGP-12, a PT boat tender. On the Acontius, CWO Forbush led a skilled section that maintained and repaired the fleet of PT (motor torpedo) boats operating in the South Pacific. With the war over, CWO Forbush returned to the Fredericksburg area, only to find that someone else had filled his
job operating tugboats. After working other jobs in the area, he moved the family to Warrenton in 1951, where he ran a radiator repair shop on East Shirley Avenue for several years. When demand for this type of service waned, he began producing ornamental ironwork, which can still be seen all over Warrenton. Mr. Forbush passed away in 1967, but his son Lloyd A. “Gus” Forbush inherited his talents and has put them to use on a large scale. His business, Forbush, Inc., of Warrenton, offers welding, rigging, crane rental and steel erection services.
Impact at 30,000 feet: MSgt Rosser Payne, U.S. Army Air Corps A descendant of the Payne family with deep roots in the Orlean area, Rosser Payne, of Warrenton, answered the call to serve in World War II after graduating early from St. John’s College prep school in Washington, D.C. In November 1942, Mr. Payne, who had been a major in the Cadet Corps at St. John’s, was accepted into the U.S. Army Air Corps, receiving his initial training at Randolph Field, San Antonio, Texas. There he learned how to fly, training in the PT-13 before undertaking three months of gunnery training and more hours in the PT-13 in Colorado. After completing his specialized training, he was promoted from Private First Class to Master Sergeant, and got his first combat unit assignment – a oneyear stint with the 13th Anti-Submarine and Attack Squadron, based in Manchester, N.H. Moving into heavy bombers, MSgt. Payne was assigned to the AAC 73rd Wing, 879th Squadron of the 499th Bomber Group, headquartered in Salina, Kansas, in preparation for action in the Pacific Theater. Wing commander at the time was the legendary Gen. Emmett G. “Rosie” O’Donnell. WWII continued on page 30 28
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Gen. (Curtis) LeMay not to drop any bombs within several miles of the Japanese Emperor’s Palace,” recalled Mr. Payne during an interview at his home in Warrenton. “It was believed that if the Emperor were killed (and could not authorize the surrender), the people would fight to the death.” He also recalled that flying into the jet stream complicated the bombing run, causing changes in the air speed and timing. To increase their accuracy, the pilots dropped their bombers to 30,000 feet as they approached Honshu Island. At that point, MSgt. Payne was seated in the “barber chair” in the aircraft’s Central Fire Control, where he was responsible for firing the B-29’s remotely operated .50-caliber machine guns. At that point in the war, very few Japanese fighters could fly at that altitude, but there was still the threat that a short-range, high-performance Nakajima Ki-44 III Shoki, codenamed “Tojo” could attack the bombers. The biggest threat was anti-aircraft ground fire, especially the 88 mm Krupp shells the Japanese had gotten from Germany. “These shells had a great trajectory, and they could zero-in on a bomber and hit it,” from nearly five miles away, according to Mr. Payne. WWII continued on page 32
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The squadron was sent to Isley Field on Saipan, with MSgt. Payne flying an unarmed B-29 with a crew of 10 across the central Pacific. They arrived at their new duty station in early October 1944. By then, Army Air Corps bomber groups were making frequent bombing runs on the Japanese home islands, including the capital city of Tokyo, at a distance of 1,500 miles each way. Each mission averaged 15 hours, mostly over open water. Sgt. Payne flew his first bombing mission on Oct. 12, 1944. By late December 1944, MSgt. Payne had logged 29 missions, edging closer to the 35 missions required before he would be rotated back to the States. But his 30th mission, right before Christmas, would be his last. After a routine take-off, MSgt. Payne’s bomber – nicknamed “Waddy’s Wagon,” for the plane captain, Capt. James Waddington – joined a group of 120 planes on a daylight attack on Tokyo. The aircraft were flying at 35,000 feet. Upon reaching the IP (Initial Point) on the Kyushu Peninsula south of Tokyo, the doors of the B-29’s two large bomb bays were opened. “We had explicit instructions from Commanding 30
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As the bomber neared the target, an 88 mm shell exploded directly under the bomber, knocking MSgt. Payne from his seat in the CFC, and breaking his left leg, among other injuries. None of the other nine men on board was injured, and after the pilot determined that the engines had not been damaged by shrapnel, continued the bombing run on Tokyo. MSgt. Payne was in extreme pain from his injuries, and another crewman administered doses of morphine. As a result, he does not remember any details about the bombing raid, or the sevenhour flight back to Saipan. After a month in the 73rd Wing Hospital on Saipan, MSgt. Payne returned to duty, conducting armament and chemical warfare training, as well as preparing bombers for more missions over Japan. MSgt. Returned to flight status just as the war was ending, but due to a freak accident as he was preparing to board a B-29, he never made it. He was standing on the apron next to a bomb service truck when a 500-lb. bomb slipped from its mounting and rolled off, re-injuring his left leg. On Aug. 15, 1945, he was evacuated from Saipan on an Assault Personnel Attack craft (APA) that had been converted to a hospital ship. After two weeks at sea, the APA landed at San Pedro Harbor near San Diego. MSgt. Payne spent 10 more days in a hospital there until boarding a troop train for Ft. Bragg, N.C., where he expected to be processed for discharge. However, due to his injured leg, he was sent to Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington, D.C. After about a month at Walter Reed, MSgt. Payne was finally discharged on Dec. 4, 1945, and returned to his parents’ home in Arlington. Among his decorations from World War II was the George Washington Medal (Purple Heart) for his combat injuries. Returning to civilian life, Mr. Payne attended Virginia Tech at Blacksburg, and worked briefly for the U.S. Geological Survey before joining the Fairfax County planning office. 32
In 1959, he moved to Warrenton, and later started his own planning and consulting business on Culpeper Street in Warrenton. He is perhaps best remembered as the architect of Fauquier County’s first Comprehensive Plan, completed in 1967. For many years, he had an office on Culpeper Street in a building he shared with renowned landscape architect Meade Palmer, a Navy veteran of WWII. In recognition of their military service, in 1988, Mr. Payne and Mr. Palmer were invited to join the committee organized to design, finance and build the Fauquier Veterans Memorial, which was completed and dedicated on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 1993.
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hen is the last time you noticed the heaping amount of toys in your child’s play room? Is it spilling out into all corners of the house? Think about all the plastic you see. Now think of all the time spent rushing around to obtain the newest hottest item for your child to play with. We have become suckers for consumerism. And not just consumer-ism but same-ism. We have the intense desire to blend with everyone else. What happened to individuality? We spend our time shopping for the same clothes, working for the same body, driving the same cars, and smiling with the same bleached-white teeth as the Hollywood stars. We have been conditioned over the years to attain sameness, rather than indulge in our individuality. Who is it that we are aiming to become? Sadly, the answer is not “me.”
Plastic Playtime When is the last time you and your child sat down together and enjoyed drawing a picture or cutting out a paper snowflake? These simple activities are the ones that children benefit from most. Not from plastic toys, they offer no valuable lesson. These massively popular plastic toys arrive looped with plastic ties, in a plastic and cardboard box, with all the bells and whistles included. All you have to do is press “play.” The train makes the sound of the whistle at the push of a button. Where is the creativity in that? What does instant gratification teach our children? It is training them to become dependent on something else to deliver what they want. Why prevent our children from making the “whooOOoooOOooooo” sound on their own? We are training our children to become cognitively lazy. They will hold these expectations of instant gratification, indefinitely. Children want to help. They are very practical beings, certainly more than we give them credit. They see all this stuff that they are not allowed to do. It is not that they are incapable, they are simply not allowed. Children want to be taught what to do. If you take the time to teach a child each step of washing dishes, he will become highly efficient at the task. Cut a sponge in half to match the size of their hands IMAGINATION continued on page 38 36
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and let them help you, its immensely beneficial to their work ethic and confidence. I work closely with children of all ages. Whether it’s performing live as a fairy tale character or teaching music at my private studio. I am lucky to be near these little angels all the time. They are full of life and love, they are just bursting to give it to you. Accept their stories and simple fascinations. If they tell you that there are fairies living in a tree hole in your backyard, believe them! Play into their imagination and get lost with them. Children will take you on incredible journeys, if you take their hand and let them guide you. They don’t need to be led by Sponge Bob. They can lead themselves! Leaving your child to the Cartoon Network while you finish sending that last email out for work, is wasting a child’s true potential. These shows are for entertainment purposes, they let your child’s active imagination sit dormant, patiently waiting for the chance to be explored. Have you seen a child’s eyes light up when hearing something magical? I have the privilege to see this all the time. Everything is new to them! They are more rooted in the reality of our universe than overworked adults. The magic and mystery of the world is the spark of their imaginations. Children want to experience stories and add to them. They need to be read to, in order to satisfy this deep desire. But, we need to be careful how we inspire.
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models benefit youth I was lucky, growing up my parents exposed me to the fine and performing arts. My Mother hosted tea parties with crafts in the summer, we made sugar cube castles during the winter Holidays, and she lead our Girl Scout Troop. And, Let. Me. Tell. You. My behaving like “a lady” was always expected everywhere we went. I was schooled in the public school system, I had boys for friends, but I wasn’t interested in them romantically until late high school. Throughout school, I was chastised greatly for this. Yet, my middle school classmates, and the boys on the bus ride home, would make fun of me everyday for being “a goodie-goodie”. During my adolescence, I struggled with being a woman of class and inner beauty. I grew up with boys for friends, but it was much later that I become romantically interested in them. Very different from other girls my age, I wasn’t enchanted by the racy women idols of my youth. I felt that I had to fight my way through the sex-crazed MTV-women of my generation. This great sexual competition is animalistic, a la the-most-flashy-male-bird-gets-the-female. Is this what we want our children to be doing? Children need to know they are okay just how they are! If they are taught this early on, they will not struggle against the negative influences at school. I am 26 now. Today I have embraced who I truly am. I know I have always been the person I am but I had to learn how let her out. About a year and half ago, our local theatre referred me to a family needing a costumed princess at their little girl’s birthday party. They said I was the obvious choice, which made me laugh! “How fun,” I thought! I had an old prom dress, my grandmother’s vintage costume jewelry and the tiara I received as my college’s Homecoming Queen. IMAGINATION continued on page 40 38
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This first appearance was a success and unintentionally kicked off what is now the “Kingdom of Azuria.” My tiny company uses the main character, “Princess Genevieve,” as an example showing the value in being kind to others, mannerly and always have the time to embrace imagination. Exemplifying what it means to be a TRUE princess is our goal. The dress, castle, prince and tiara matters little if one lacks inner “truth, grace and wisdom” – the motto of the Kingdom of Azuria. These things have been a part of me from the beginning of my life. We appear at elementary schools, libraries, festivals and yes, private parties, too, upholding and respecting the beauty of womanhood and a sprinkle of imagination. Our parties use nontrademarked images for plates, napkins, and above all else costumes. Our Princess’ iconic gown is blue (and was passed to me by a dear friend from her own theatre days), not traditional pink. The “me” in high school wouldn’t have been able to share this message. What time I have wasted worrying about what others thought of me! Really, there’s nothing more “me” than this. I feel lucky to be surrounded by people that have helped me in creating this positive influence for young children, girls and boys alike.
Conclusion Find ways to engage the children in your life. They so badly want to share themselves with the adults in their world. Take time to listen. Get lost in their imagination. Appreciate their innate talents. Boys and girls are hungry for a positive role model to have an as example. Give them one, instead of allowing them to get caught up in a negative environment plagued with peer pressure to ‘fit in.’ Let us celebrate our differences rather than striving to be the same. Each one of us brings something so vital to the community we live in. Let us be joyful that we are different. Go inward for your truths, rather than searching outward. If we can change our own mindset, we can prove to our children that they are indeed valuable just the way they are.
The Plastic Princess I grew up in, what I consider, the golden age of Disney filmmaking. The Lion King was the first film I saw in the theatre in 3rd grade. My mother shared her favorite, Cinderella, with me at a young age, but never idolized these films or the characters in them, as they are today. I had old time fairy tale books read to me from infancy. When I got older, it was the Chronicles of Narnia. I have always felt a connection to these parables and seasoned tales. Classic stories have survived our push for trendy, materialistic and selfish characters because the people in these parables tell the tale of the root of human life. Since the beginning, we have dealt with the same feelings, struggles and victories. These classic stories are the 40
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Fauquier Health Fauquier Health Celebrates Volunteers in May and women who contributed more than 36,000 hours to Fauquier Health last year. During the summer months, 80-100 junior volunteers swell the ranks; these middle and high school students give a minimum of 40 hours each summer.
Grace Andrea, a longtime Fauquier Health volunteer, recently helped out at KidSafe, a health system-sponsored event.
Anyone who has ever been admitted to Fauquier Hospital, visited a loved one, or walked through the front door for any reason has met one of the hospital’s many volunteers. The health system is fortunate to have a large and active group of volunteers – 385 men
Volunteers welcome visitors and direct them to their destinations; propel patients who require wheelchairs; visit with admitted patients; and lend their expertise in every department in the hospital, the Gift Shop, the Wellness Center, the Villa at Suffield Meadows and the Thrift Shop on Main Street. Volunteers also handle the hospital’s canine ambassadors, spending many hours training and grooming their dogs to bring a unique comfort to admitted patients. The pet therapy program at
Physician Lectures Address Organ Donations, Ear Infections Dr. Joshua Jakum, pediatrician, will speak on “The Ethics of Organ Donation” in Fauquier Hospital’s Sycamore Room at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 11. Register by calling 540-316-3588 or online at www.fauquierhealth.org.
On Wednesday, June 1, at 7 p.m., Dr. Jairo Torres, ear, nose and throat physician, will speak on “Chronic Ear Infections: What Every Parent Needs to Know.” The lecture will be held in the Sycamore Room. Register by calling 540-316-3588 or online at www.fauquierhealth.org.
Fauquier Hospital is one that would not exist at all without these dedicated animal lovers who are willing to share their gentle, lovable dogs. Fauquier Health’s administrators, employees and physicians are very grateful for the many hours donated by volunteers. This month, the health system will hold a special luncheon honoring this dedicated group of individuals. Television personality Willard Scott will be the keynote speaker this year. For more information on volunteering at Fauquier Health, go to www. fauquierhealth.org/waystogive or call Lynn Lauritzen, director of Volunteer Services at 540-316-2910.
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Fauquier High School Theatre will present the Broadway hit musical Hairspray on May 6, 7, 8, 13, and 14 in the Addison Lightfoot Auditorium. The cast of 38 and orchestra of 15 will perform the production, with book by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan, music by Marc Shaiman, and lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman. Hairspray, based upon the New Line Cinema film written and directed by John Waters, was first produced on Broadway in 2002 and ran for over 2,500 performances, closing in January 2009 and inspiring the 2007 film version starring John Travolta. In Hairspray, plus-sized 1960s teenager Tracy Turnblad dreams of being chosen to dance on a Baltimore television dance show, and when her dream comes true, she shakes up the establishment by insisting that the producers integrate the dancers into the show.
“We have been waiting for several years for the amateur rights to become available for this show,” said Director Kevin N. Mettinger, who is in his tenth year as Director of Theatre. “This is one of those shows that, by the end, if you’re in the audience, you just can’t help but get up on your feet and dance along with the actors on stage. I love it!”
Pictured: Sophomore Maddie Lenhart as Tracy Turnblad & Director Kevin Mettinger as Edna, Tracy’s Mother.
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They’re loved and they’re hated; they’re considered beautiful and are called ugly. They’re nurtured by some and killed by others. They’re found in both cities and rural areas. In fact, they’re recognizable by almost everyone throughout the world. Pigeons are either the bane of humans or their friendly companions depending on your personal perception. I am one of those who spent many of my growing years associating with these intriguing creatures who exhibit many so-called human traits. They’re friendly, they’re loving, they disagree and squabble, they take good care of their young (perhaps even better than many humans), they are homebodies and they talk a lot – incessantly. Entering a pigeon loft is to immerse yourself in a sea of conversation. I don’t recall what created my interest in pigeons, perhaps as an offshoot from my activity in the local ornithology group, but along with other school-age enthusiasts we formed a pigeon club and in no time at all I built a coop in the back 50
of my house. We bought our pigeons from an elderly neighbor who had kept pigeons for years. He also raised Peruvian Cavies but that’s another story.
was a pine tree perhaps 60 feet tall. Aware of their Rock Dove heritage, they would land on the roof of the coop and ignore the tree. Happily, this went on for over a year. “Flying” pigeons are the greatest fun of the pigeon fancier. There is no greater joy than watching the flock rise higher and higher, sometimes to the point where it was necessary to use binoculars to see them, especially when flying Tipplers. They swooped in and out and would often continue like that for an hour.
An inveterate reader, I spent hours in the town library boning up on my new hobby – learning about the different breeds of pigeons, methods of feeding, caring for the coop, etc. As I sat in that small library cubicle, a whole world opened to me. A world, not of just pigeons, but of tipplers, fantails, homers, rollers, tumblers, pouters, kings, nuns, owls, and on For various reasons, the flock didn’t and on. always want to fly and this would conflict with my wishes of the day. Pigeons are descendants of the Rock They were perhaps tired or maybe Dove, which, as the name implies, just not in the mood. At this point evolved in a rocky environment. Over there was a human-pigeon difference the eons their feet adapted to landing of opinion. A tool often used by and standing on flat surfaces. The pigeon fanciers was a long pole with feet of most other birds are built for a large white cloth attached to the curling around branches. Pigeons, end. Waving that would “scare” the therefore, are accustomed to spending pigeons into flight and if enough of their waking and sleeping moments them took off, the flock would form on buildings and similar structures, and the waving flag would discourage hence their high population in cities. A few yards behind our house
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their immediately landing. The nearby tree was not an option in their minds. One very unhappy day I waved the flock off the coop, they hovered a bit over the coop and then, following some errant leader, landed bird by bird on the branches of the tree. They flapped their wings as they tried to hold onto the branches with their flat feet but hold they did. This was not to be. I threw small pebbles at the flock but with no effect and stay they did until darkness. Proper pigeon behavior returned the next morning but afternoon followed and with it their new-found obstinacy. My ahead of me again.) With just a few pigeons whom I had dearly loved so strokes I brought down that 60-foot long as they accepted me as boss were tree. With a loud flutter of wings, bringing out the control freak in me. a hundred pigeons took off into the I had run out of pebbles but there blue. I had found the secret of making was another option. Our house had them fly. Returning home later, my no furnace but we heated it by a coal father was not impressed with my stove in the living room. Outside the knowledge of double-notching a tree back door was a ton of coal. I know, so that it would fall where I chose my dear readers, you are way ahead or seeing a half-ton of coal scattered of me. My father, fortunately for me around the stump. not being home at the time, I began My favorite flying pigeon was the to throw these new black pebbles up Tippler. However, I also enjoyed into the tree. At this point, a new raising Homers, tossing them up some behavior occurred. My aim was distance from home and determining very good in those days. However, their speed by the time it took them to pigeons, with their innate ability to return. A fellow pigeon fancier would balance and their sharp eyes, would carry my Homer in a box on his bicycle see the coal approaching, hop up a – we lived on bicycles in those days few inches, allowing the coal to pass – toss up the pigeon and phone me underneath, and return down to the that he had just done so. As Bellport branch. was 25 miles from where I lived in I have often said in these articles Islip, a half-hour flight would tell me that I never accept a problem as that the speed was approximately 50 unsolvable. No one (and that miles an hour, not an unusual speed includes a pigeon) was going to treat for a homing pigeon. me like a fool. My father once again Pigeons are monogamous and not being home, I went into the tool remain together for life. While eggs shed. Growing up a country boy on are being hatched, the male ordinarily Long Island, I was skilled with using a sits on the eggs during most of the long handle ax. (I know, reader, you’re day and the female the remainder of 52
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This is the eighth in a series of articles about local churches and houses of worship. The purpose is to introduce you to the distinct features of each congregation, their philosophy and atmosphere. We believe that churches, temples, synagogues, etc are some of our best community centers. As you read about them each month we hope you will find one that interests you and your family. This month, we take a look at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church.
“Our parish is like a green house,” says Father James R. Gould. “If everyone was the same and we only offered one way for people to get involved we would have a single scent. But, since people here have a variety of backgrounds in academics, employment, social status and more, the combination creates an enticing fragrance.” Family, youth ministry, religious education, outreach and the school are all ways in which the congregation expresses its love for Jesus Christ. Family is an important aspect in any individual’s life, St. John’s parish is a large family with a huge support system within the community. Various groups are available to join to participate with other members. The Home School Support Group links home schooling families with others for get-togethers, crafts, celebrations and fieldtrips. Ministry of Moms Sharing (M.O.M.S.) is a group of mothers that interact using playgroups, prayer, educational and social activities. Women of St. John’s is a group that meets monthly with the purpose of helping the parish. They collect items for charity, make baptismal bibs, run a Lenten soup supper, as well as many other events. The newly ST. JOHN continued on page 58
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In association with the Knights is the Ladies Auxiliary, a women’s group for the wives, mothers, sisters, or daughters of a Knight. They support the Knights with fundraising by holding bake sales, yard sales and basket raffles. Their hard work and funds support Habitat for Humanity, local high school after prom parties, Fauquier Social Services children and many more. Children and teens wanting to volunteer can join the Columbian Squires for boys or the Squire Roses for girls. Both groups are ages 12-18 with service opportunities. Haiti and Dominican Republic receive service through St. John’s international outreach mission. They work to provide medical care, dental care and education assistance for rural areas. Working closely with Medical Missionaries in Northern Virginia they obtain medicines, vaccines, supplies and equipment. Donations of soap, vitamins and school supplies are always welcome and can be dropped off at the church. “Our school is a priority within the parish,” says Darlene Clark, a long time member and the Director of Operations. “It’s a great school, small and intimate but the children are still able to have real world experiences.” St. Johns Catholic School offers preschool through grade 8 with a challenging academic program. Their curriculum and environment together stimulate curiosity, develop confidence, and allows each child to embrace their unique potential. Respect for the individual, community and Catholic values are instilled. Students will be exposed to different teaching techniques that will motivate them to achieve a high level of learning. Literature, problem solving and cooperative learning strategies are used in each classroom to equip them with the necessary skills to adapt to changing situations. “Our Principal and teachers are excellent, the system we have in place in our school will allow all of our students to flourish,” Fr. Gould said. St. John the Evangelist Church is located on 271 Winchester Street and is open seven days a week. They hold daily mass Monday through Friday beginning at 8:30am and 12:30pm. On Saturday they have an 8:30am, a 5:00pm (Vigil) and a 7:00pm Spanish mass. Sunday masses are held at 7:30am, 9:00am, 10:45am, 12:30 and 5:30 (Youth). Confessions are available Wednesday at 8:00pm, Saturday at 9:00am and 4:00-5:00pm, and Sunday a half an hour before every mass. For more information please visit their website at www.stjohntheevangelist.org or contact them by phone at (540) 347-2922.
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Power of the Walk!
Spring has sprung and it’s time to head outdoors for some healthy fun! As I was pondering what to write about this month, I thought about how many of you want to move more and often don’t realize how powerful walking or jogging can be for your health and fitness--and for your mental well-being! I also know that many of you like to have a specific plan with a goal, so here it is. Enlist a friend or family member to join you in a 5K challenge. This article contains a 7-week program designed to get you moving, go the distance and feel really great inside and out! The following program was designed with the novice in mind. No running or longdistance walking experience required. Yes, anyone can do it! And it won’t take you hours and hours each week to accomplish it – you can fit it into your schedule. There are quite a few opportunities in our community to sign up for a 5K walk or run—and many of them benefit a local nonprofit organization. This will give you something to work towards and allow you the opportunity to help your local community. It’s a win-win for everyone! Spring is so beautiful in Virginia and Warrenton is a great town to take it outdoors. Enjoy the camaraderie with a friend or loved one, enjoy the spring and enjoy the challenge. 62
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5 MINUTE WARM UP WALK. ALTERNATE 60 SECONDS OF JOGGING (OR WALK AS FAST AS YOU CAN) AND 90 SECONDS OF WALKING FOR A TOTAL OF 20 MINUTES.
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BRISK 5 MINUTE WARM UP WALK. ALTERNATE 90 SECONDS OF LIGHT JOGGING WITH 2 MINUTES OF WALKING FOR A TOTAL OF 20 MINUTES.
BRISK 5 MINUTE WARM UP WALK. ALTERNATE 90 SECONDS OF LIGHT JOGGING WITH 2 MINUTES OF WALKING FOR A TOTAL OF 20 MINUTES.
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BRISK 5 MINUTE WARM UP WALK. PERFORM THE FOLLOWING TWICE: JOG 1/8 MILE -WALK 1/8 MILE. JOG 1/4 MILE-WALK 1/4 MILE. REMEMBER REPEAT BOTH!
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BRISK 5 MINUTE WARM UP WALK THEN JOG 1 MILE OR 12 MINUTES WALK 1/2 MILE OR 5 MIN JOG 1 MILE OR 12 MINUTES.
JOG 2 MILES OR 20 MINUTES WITHOUT WALKING.
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BRISK 5 MINUTE WARM UP WALK. 2 MILE JOG OR 24 MINUTES.
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Not interested in training for a 5K? That’s okay, here is another idea: I have made a commitment over the last several years to take my meetings outdoors. If I have a one-on-one meeting with a staff member or a client, we take a walk. We are able to discuss our business and I find that staff members are more relaxed. Our meetings end up being more productive and we both feel better after having moved around during our workday.
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reminder of the simpler things, Frost Diner offers smiles and home cooked meals to their guests in a true 1950s diner. Serving our town for decades, this restaurant wrapped in tin with a view of Broadview Avenue provides two menus with an abundance of down home options. This quaint place still has its original counter and tabletops and guests still sit on the original stools. Owned by Curtis Stewart and family, they have kept this place uncomplicated focusing on friendly service and fresh food. “Serving the Best to our Guests” is printed on the front of their menus, but Stewart believes service is much more than a good meal. He recalls as a child visiting a Woolworth’s with his grandparents, sitting at the counter and ordering anything he wanted. “There were so many people with different backgrounds enjoying conversations with one another, they knew each others names and were so friendly” he observed at a young age. He brought this memory with him when he purchased Frost Diner, hoping to recreate the idyllic scene that brought him so much joy as a child. And he did. 64
At any time the counter is speckled with a diverse mix of characters including contractors, doctors, lawyers, students, and more. Whether they come in for a quick bite alone or planned on a private conversation, the end of each meal is always the same… casually laughing and joining discussions with the other guests. “Our guests make what we do, worth it,” Stewart said. “It’s special when we know what you order, start it up when we see you park, and set your coffee down the way you like it at your favorite spot before you walk into the door.” Two menus are always available - the regular menu with house specialties, hot plate sandwiches, salads, steaks and seafood or the breakfast menu with omelets, hot cakes, and three egg dishes. Try a Frost Burger, 8 oz’s of never frozen beef garnished with a sliced tomato, onion, lettuce, pickles and French fries. They have a Chicken Salad Sandwich, Grilled Cheese or a Tuna Melt that are ideal for lunch. Their selection of hot plate sandwiches are filling and served with mashed potatoes and gravy. Order their 12oz New York Strip Steak or a Fish Sandwich on a Roll with a side of two vegetables, or French fries and cole slaw and roll. “We typically go through 5,400 eggs a week and a 50 lb bag of grits,” Stewart said. Breakfast is always served and popular for the diner. Check the white board on the wall for their gravy specials including Sausage Gravy or Chip Beef Gravy with biscuits. The #4 is a favorite of guests that includes three hot cakes or French toast, three eggs, home fries or grits with a choice of breakfast meat and coffee or tea. Warrenton’s Best boasts their New York Strip with three eggs, home fries or grits, toast, and a coffee or tea. They have a variety of omelets including Spanish, veggie or western. Frost makes excellent Egg and Cheese sandwiches on toast or an English muffin with the option to add bacon or sausage. Typically regarded as a ‘greasy spoon,’ this diner offers healthier options as well, like fresh salads, grilled chicken sandwiches, turkey bacon, and egg whites. Craving something sweet? Don’t forget to try one of their milkshakes, cakes, assorted pies, or homemade rice or bread pudding. Frost Diner is located at 55 Broadview Avenue and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Stop in to share a smile, grab a seat at the bar or enjoy the company of others in a booth. Not enough time to sit down? They accept to-go orders and will have them packaged and ready for pick up quickly. Remember to bring cash, they don’t accept credit cards or checks. If you forget, no worries there is an ATM conveniently located at the entrance. For more information please give them a call at (540) 347-3047.
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(540) 341-2044 • 105 W Lee Highway M-Thu: 11am-11pm, F-Sat: 11pm-12am Sun: 11am-10pm Full-service friendly, affordable restaurant chain. Offers salad bar, lunch combos, and Carside-To-Go service. Comfortable atmosphere for all ages. Open for lunch and dinner. Full bar. Casual dress. www.applebees.com
Black Bear Bistro
(540) 428-1005 • 32/34 Main Street Sun - Thu: 11 am - 9 pm; Fri - Sat 11 am - 10 pm Restaurant offering local beers and wines, soups and salads, appetizers, and entrees. A wide variety of American food with a twist. Try the muffaletta sandwich! Also features Sweeney’s Cellar, located one floor below. www.blackbearbistro.com
(540) 878-5383 272 Broadview Avenue M - Thu 8:30am - 10pm; Fri - Sat 8:30am - 2am; Sun 11am - 10pm The grill at the local bowling alley provides a great grill at great prices for any meal including breakfast. Sandwiches, subs, burgers and hotdogs along with side dishes from onion rings to chicken tenders. Children’s menu. Beer and wine available.
(540) 347-3199 • 34 Broadview Avenue Locally owned and operated Burger King. Home of the Whopper. Have campaign to promote a more healthy lifestyle of eating to kids. Kid’s play area available. Casual dress. www.bk.com
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(540) 347-0401 7323 Comfort Inn Dr. 24 hours a day Serving breakfast 24 hours a day. Burgers, sandwiches and soup also available. Free Wi-Fi. www.dennys.com/en
(540) 347-0001 • 81 W Lee Hwy Sun-Thu 11am-12am Fri-Sat 11am-1am Pizza delivery or pick up. Online ordering available. Now offering pasta bread bowls and hot sandwiches. www.dominos.com
(540) 351-0011 • 251 W. Lee Hwy Authentic Mexican restaurant offering a variety of delicacies for lunch, dinner, and dessert. Menu has specials for lunch and dinner combinations including fajitas, enchiladas, and burritos. Children’s menu available. Full bar. Casual dress. Dine-in or takeout. www.el-agave.com
(540) 341-0126 • 86 Broadview Ave Mon-Sun 11am -10pm Authentic Mexican restaurant offering a variety of dishes for lunch and dinner. Menu has lunch specials and traditional entrees like chimichangas, burritos, and quesadillas. Children’s menu available. Full bar. Casual dress. Dinein or take-out.
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(540) 341-8800 • 251 W. Lee Hwy, #177 Sun - Thu 11am - 10pm; Fri - Sat 11:30am - 11pm Authentic Thai cuisine. Open for lunch and dinner. Full bar with an emphasis on California wines. Happy hour with $2 drafts and selected appetizers M–F 5-7pm. Sunday 50% off wine by the bottle. Delivery available. Casual dress.
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Fauquier Springs Country Club Grille Room
(540) 347-4205 9236 Tournament Dr. Tues - Wed 11am - 8pm; Thu - Fri 11am - 9pm; Sat 7am - 9pm; Sun 7am - 8pm Fauquier Springs Country Club’s Grille Room is an exclusive restaurant for its members and their guests. The Grille Room is open Tuesday thru Sunday and offers a variety of dishes to suit everyone’s taste. Lunch & dinner weekdays with breakfast available on weekends. www.fauquiersprings.com
Five Guy’s Restaurant
(540) 878-2066 • 6441 Lee Hwy M - Sun 11am - 10pm Burgers, hot dogs, and French fries. Uses fresh, never frozen, ground beef. www.fiveguys.com
(540) 349-5776 20 Broadview Avenue Sun - Thu 11am - 9pm; Fri - Sat 11am - 10pm Burgers, French fries, hot dogs, grilled chicken sandwiches, milkshakes, wings, and salads. Daily specials. Patio seating available. www.fostersgrille.com
(540) 347-1999 •73 Main Street M - Fri 8am - 3pm; Sat 8am - 2pm Small, one-man operation offering gourmet coffee, breakfast, and a variety of deli sandwiches, salads, subs, and pitas for take out. Daily specials. Recommended to call orders in.
(540) 347-3047 55 Broadview Avenue 24-hour old fashioned diner serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and desserts. Casual dress.
Great Harvest Bread Co.
(540) 878-5200 • 108 Main St Loaves of bread handcrafted using wholegrain wheat grown on family farms and ground daily in the bakery. www.warrentonbread.com
Honeybaked Ham Company
(540) 428-0044 • 251 W Lee Hwy Deli offering sandwiches, soups, and more. Customers will enjoy a variety of sandwiches and soups.
(540) 428-1820 • 6445 Lee Hwy M–Sun 6am - 10pm Specializes in breakfast. Sandwiches, salads, burgers, chicken also avail. for lunch and dinner. www.ihop.com
Iron Bridge Wine Co.
(540) 349-9339 • 29 Main Street Lunch: M - Sat 11am-2pm; Dinner: M - Sat 5pm - 9pm; Sun 12pm - 5pm Cozy wine restaurant featuring a wide variety of world and local Virginia wines. Open for lunch, brunch, dinner, happy hour, and late night. Offers seasonal, healthy, small plate entrees and nightly specials to accompany wine selection. Seating available in the main dining area, historic stone cellar, balcony level or outdoor patio (weather permitting) Catering and private parties available. Casual dress. www.ironbridgewines.com
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251 W. Lee Highway Hot dog joint with Pittsburgh Steeler décor offering customers a friendly and competitive atmosphere.
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Mandarin Buffet & Sushi
(540) 341-1962 • 514 Fletcher Drive Authentic Chinese restaurant offering a large buffet selection of sushi, soups, and meats.
(540) 349-4900 • 177 W. Lee Hwy Sat - Thu 10:30am - 9:30pm; Fri - Sat 10:20am - 10pm; Sun 11am - 9pm Specialty cheese steaks, overstuffed subs, and pizza. Catering available. Offering combos, salads and ice cream. Lunch special’s menu good all day. Delivery service available. www.jerrysusa.com
Jimmies Market Cafe/Kidwell Caterers/Madison Tea Room
(540) 347-7200 380 Broadview Ave. M-Fri 11am - 2am; Fri - Sat 11am - 2am; Sun 11am - 2am Family owned, traditional Irish pub. Relaxed environment offering traditional Irish favorites. Open for Lunch and Dinner 7 Days a week. Irish Music Seisuin and Dinner Special on Sundays. Free Wi-Fi. Private dining room available. Full bar area with happy hour specials and appetizer menu. Valet Parking Friday and Saturday Evenings. Outdoor Patio. Live entertainment. Casual dress. www.mcmahonsirishpub.com
(540) 347-1942 • 22 Main Street Sun - Sat 9am - 5pm Fri Open til 8pm for supper Restaurant offering sandwiches, subs, and other daily specials. Also sell wine. Catering available. The Madison Tea Room is also available for time away from a hectic day. Casual dress.
Joe & Vinnie’s
(540) 347-0022 • 385 Shirley Hwy M - Thu 11am - 10pm; Fri - Sat 11am - 11pm; Sun Noon - 10pm Family owned pizzeria, open for 21 years. Offers pizza, subs, pastas, and seafood. Daily lunch specials. Pizza available by the slice. www.joeandvinniespizza.net
(540) 347-7888 351 Broadview Ave. 24 HR60/90/0/0 Fast food chain known for Big Mac and McNuggets. Dollar menu. Now serving McCafé beverages. Kids play area available. www.mcdonalds.com
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Mojitos & Tapas
(540) 347-3900 •200 Broadview Ave. M - Thu 10am - 11pm; Fri - Sun 10am - 12am KFC specializes in Original Recipe and Extra Crispy fried chicken and homestyle sides. Long John Silver’s is a quick service seafood restaurant. Located in the same building to provide diners with a wider variety of choices. www.kfc.com
(540) 349-8833 • 251 W. Lee Hwy #157 M-Thu: 11am-9pm, F-Sat: 11am10pm, Sun: 12pm-9pm The only true Cuban/Spanish restaurant in the state of Virginia. Authentic Cuban staples, Spanish tapas and a wide variety of mojitos. Family owned, smoke-free. Open for lunch and dinner. Known for their signature Cuban sandwich and seafood Paella. Happy Hour, Ladies Nights and Special Events. Full bar. Casual dress. www.mojitosandtapas.com
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(540) 341-0392 505 Fletcher Drive Sun – Thurs 11am to 10pm; Fri – Sat 11am to 11pm LongHorn Steakhouse prides itself on its exotic Western style entrees and appetizers (like their LongHorn Shrimp & Lobster Dip). The restaurant is proud to serve hand-cut, handseasoned steaks, thick burgers, fresh salads, and an appealing cast of seafood. Casual dress. www.longhornsteakhouse.com
(540) 349-5300 • 36 Main Street M - Sat 11am - 2am; Sun 11am - 2pm Family owned, traditional Irish pub. Open for lunch and dinner. Laid back, fun environment. Traditional Irish fare and lots of sandwiches available. Sunday brunch from 11am – 2pm. Full bar. Live entertainment four nights a week. www.mollysirishpub.com
The Natural Marketplace
(540)349-4111 • 5 Diagonal St M–F 9am to 5pm; Sat 9am to 4pm Organic Deli offering traditional sandwiches, soups, salads and desserts. Choices also include vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, soyfree and dairy-free selections. All organic fruit and fresh vegetable juices. Take-out and catering available.
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(540) 349-5050 • 139 W. Lee Hwy M-Sat 11:30am - 10pm; Sun 11:30am - 9pm Japanese steakhouse serving Hibachi style chicken, steak, shrimp, fish and sushi. Sushi available for take out. Fun, family environment.
(540) 349-7171 • 251 W. Lee Hwy Pizza, sub, sandwich, and Italian entrée restaurant. Available for pickup and delivery. Offer both hot and toasted and cold subs. Gourmet pizzas and calzones also available. www.pizzarama.com
(540) 349-0457 • 6419 Lee Hwy M - Fri 4pm - 10pm; Sat 2pm - 11pm; Sun 2pm - 9pm Australian steakhouse. Also offers a variety of chicken, ribs, seafood, and pasta dishes. Carry out available. www.outback.com
(540) 347-2224 • 22 Waterloo St Bakery located in Old Town Warrenton next to the Old Jail Museum. Serving fresh pies, quiches, breads, cakes, and coffees daily. Online ordering available. www.redtruckbakery.com
Red, Hot & Blue
(540) 341-4362 • 251 W. Lee Hwy M-Sat 6:30am - 9pm; Sun 7:30am - 8pm Offers breakfast sandwiches, pastries, and bagels. Lunch/dinner items include soups, salads, and sandwiches. Great bread selection. Gourmet coffee and tea also available. Dine in or carry out. Free Wi-Fi. Catering available. www.panerabread.com
(540) 349-7100 • 360 Broadview Ave Sun-Thu 11am - 9pm; F-Sat 11am - 10pm Southern Grill and Barbeque restaurant. Offers dine-in, take out, and catering. Large menu with options for ribs, sandwiches, salads, platters, and southern entrées. Casual dress. www.redhotandblue.com
Papa John’s Pizza
(540) 347-2935 • 15 S. Third St M - Fri 10am - 3pm Gourmet sandwiches, soups, salads and sweets. Open for lunch only. Limited patio seating or grab-andgo options available. Soups are the specialty at Renee’s – each day there are two news soups. She-crab soup available every Friday. Catering and business lunches available.
(540) 349-7172 • 322 W. Lee Hwy Pizza delivery or pick up. Online ordering available. Wings, breadsticks, and dessert also available. Daily specials and features. www.papajohns.com
(540) 347-5444 • 95 Broadview Ave Pizza delivery, dine-in or pick up. Online ordering available. Choose from pizza, tuscani pasta, wings, rolls, p’zone pizzas, and more. www.pizzahut.com
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Tropical Smoothie Café
(540) 341-4912 74 Blackwell Park Lane American chain restaurant serving your favorite hamburgers, pastas, steaks, ribs and more. Also have salad bar and RubyTueGo available. Casual dress. www.rubytuesday.com (540) 349-0950 • 41 W. Lee Highway #53, 102 Broadview Ave, 45 Main St. Suite A Restaurant offering subs and pizza. Home of the $5 footlong. Food is prepared after you order, and everything is prepared fresh daily. Available for dine-in or takeout. www.subway.com
(540) 341-4206 • 316 W. Lee Hwy Open late for fourthmeal cravings. Now offering frutista freeze drinks and fiesta taco salads. Also offer fresco menu (low fat). www.tacobell.com
Tippy’s Taco House
(540) 349-2330 147 W. Shirley Avenue Sun. - Thu., Sat. 11 am - 9pm; Fri. 11am - 10pm Mexican restaurant offering different quality specials everyday. Menu offers tacos, burritos, quesadillas, desserts and more. Dine-in or take-out. Casual dress. www.tippystacohouse.com
Top’s China Restaurant
(540) 349-2828 • 185 W. Lee Hwy Asian restaurant serving authentic Chinese food. Daily specials and combos available. Dine-in or take-out.
(540) 428-1818 • 251 W. Lee Hwy #679 Café offering bistro sandwiches, wraps, gourmet salads, soups, and smoothies. Meals served with either chips or fruit. Also offer pick-two combination. Catering and kid’s menu available. Casual dress. www.tropicalsmoothiecafe.com (540) 349-5031 • 484 Blackwell Rd Sun. - Thu. 11am - 10pm; Fri. - Sat. 11 am - 11pm. Classic Italian Pizza. Also offer antipasti, panini, stromboli, and salads. Check for lunch and combo specials. www.vocellipizza.com
(540) 349-8118 • 352 Waterloo St Asian food available for dine-in, takeout, or delivery. Wide range of dishes available to order. Dishes served with a side of white rice. Casual dress.
(540) 347-5528 • 281 Broadview Ave Fast food chain offering hamburgers, salads, and chicken nuggets. Also offer baked potatoes and chili as sides. Frosty’s available as desert. Casual dress. www.wendys.com
(540) 347-4355 • 294 W. Lee Hwy M - Sat 11am - 10pm; Sun 12 - 10pm. First Chinese Restaurant in Warrenton. Wide range of appetizers, soups, and meats. Offer chef specialties and daily combos. Also offer a healthy food section and thai food options. www.yencheng.com
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May is the month of flowers and sun and all that rejuvenates us from the winter months. The nurseries have gotten in a wonderful selection of flowers, plants and trees to spruce up the yard with all sorts of color. The Warrenton Farmer’s Market is open again with fresh produce and Buckland Farm Market is open daily now with all of their goodies and Sherri Lynn is baking a new sugar-free iced chocolate cake that is attracting a lot of attention. Both Carousel and Effee’s have opened for the season and are ready to serve us their delectable treats. This is my time of year! We have some new kids on the block this month; Gateway Home & Garden Center has opened near Route 29 and Route 215, in the big yellow house. They have everything you might need for that spring project, from flowers and trees to fencing and pavers and everything in between. They will even deliver your mulch or other heavy items. Stop in to say hello and I’ll bet you find something you like. Another new business, although it is not in Warrenton it is unique enough to warrant mentioning, Your Hat Lady has opened on West Main Street in Marshall. The owner, Gertie Edwards has a true love for hats of all kinds and she will help to find just the right one, for church, a wedding, Mother’s Day or any occasion. Stop by and take a peek she has hats for men, women and children. We have one business that has moved, Wells Auto Sales has moved from Old Town Warrenton to Broadview Avenue and has a grand selection of used cars to choose from. Unfortunately, we have lost some businesses; Booth Feeds has filed for bankruptcy and closed all their stores, including the one in Warrenton, and they are in the process of auctioning off the contents of each store. They will be sorely missed, it was a wonderful family owned business for 38 years and I had the great fortune to know and work for the Booth’s many years ago. I wish them the best. It also appears that the Wing Fanatic, near the Comfort Inn, has closed again. I am told it is only temporary, after a little remodeling it is supposed to reopen as the 1st and Ten Sports Bar and Grill, sometime this month. We also received word that Chipotle and a Vietnamese restaurant were coming to the Warrenton Center. Closing its door - Fratellis. I would like to give a big thanks to all my readers and users that help me attempt to stay informed Thank you so much for your emails. 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)347-4922 or amy@ inFauquier.com with your questions or any tidbits you hear about local business.
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