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Home & Garden - Debbie Eisele Honey Bees What’s All The Buzz?

Familiar Faces - Reading & Sharing with Peanut - Danica Low One Small Dog Brings Big Dreams to Fauquier Kids

Give Local Piedmont - Crystal McKinsey Local Day of Giving

Happy & Healthy - Michelle Kelley

Mindfulness: Physical & Emotional Well Being

Discovered History - John T. Toler Part 2: Betty Gray’s diary records the trials of war and occupation

Community Spotlight Castelton Festival - Sallie Morgan Fauquier Health - Robin Earl

Behavioral Health Nurse Karen Mullins, RN

Life & Living - Louis Ginesi Dominguez Memorial Day - A Day To Remember

What’s Up Warrenton Let’s Talk Business - Carol Collins George Rowand

Furry Friends - Charlotte Wagner Dog at Your Service

Feet & Wheels In & Around Town - Rebekah Grier People of the Trails

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Plain and simple, honey bees are crucial to growing the food everyone eats. In recent years, honey bee populations are declining. Think about honey bees from this perspective: No bees = No summer picnics with watermelon No bees = No zucchini bread No bees = No pickles No bees = No pumpkin carving in the fall, or pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving dinner. “Our world population is increasing; more land is being used for crops. Bees of all kinds will be necessary for many of those crops to be productive. We may enjoy the honey that honey bees bring us but the most important task of them is the pollination of food crops, either for the fruits and vegetables we eat, or for producing the seeds needed to sow the fields for crops. However food crops alone cannot sustain the bee population. Bees need their own sources of food: plants that supply pollen for protein and nectar for carbohydrates.” Ann W. Harman eloquently stated. And, Ann would know. She is an Eastern Apicultural Society Certified Master Beekeeper and has spent part of her life as a research chemist and honey bees have created a second career for her as a consultant. She teaches short courses and lectures at beekeeping association meetings. Her hives now

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(which the bees obtain from parasites). Additionally, predators are of concern. Honey bees have two types of predators – bears and mites. The mites will actually spread viruses to honey bees, and since there is no medicine to help, a colony can be destroyed. Scientists have found that the viruses are more serious than the actual mites. Bears, believe it or not, aren’t just going into the hive for honey. They are actually seeking protein for their diet and find it in the form of the bee larvae, located in the hives. Ann Harman described what happened to a fellow beekeeper, “a friend of mine had a bear neatly stack the boxes with the honey off to the side and destroyed the rest of the hive in order to eat the honey bee larvae.” Pesticides also pose a significant risk to the honey bees. Pesticides that are used on farms, gardens and homes are of major concern, even if the intended target of the pesticide is not a honey bee. One honey bee can bring the pesticide back to the hive and it can destroy the entire colony. The Extension Office informs county residents that they should know about the product they are using to kill pests around their homes and gardens. New labeling of pesticides can assist homeowners in learning what to do or use in areas where bees may forage or live. “Read and follow the label on any pesticide that is used. This is the LAW,” Tim Ohlwiler stated. Why are honey bees so important? The local Virginia Cooperative Extension Office has educated many on the fact that honeybees are vital to the pollination process of our food supply. “What an amazing creature. We can load a hive of thousands of bees onto a truck and take them from field to 8

Photo by Steve Hall, Fauquier County Master Gardener orchard, to field and so on up the coast over the growing season. They pollinate crops all along the way and produce honey for us too”, says Tim. How can Fauquier County residents help? It’s simple. One or all of these suggestions can start making a difference within our county and help support our local food supply. Plant native trees, shrubs and flowers. Here is an interesting fact: honey bees will venture, on average 3-5 miles from their hives to obtain their food and at the same time assist with pollination. It is important for local areas, especially around crops, gardens and orchards to provide bees with food. For a comprehensive listing of flowers, trees and shrubs that are an excellent source of nutrients for the bees check out Piedmont Environmental Council’s 2015 edition of “Go Native, Go Local” guide (just released) and lists available on The Virginia Native Plant Society’s website (www.vnps.org). Additionally, the extension office, located at 24 Pelham Street, has a designated demonstration garden filled with native plants, which the public may visit. Become a volunteer to plan, develop and care for native plantings in the local landscape, such as medians or public open spaces. Talk to local Town and County officials to see what can be implemented in terms of planting natives in other public areas. Native

plants offer low maintenance and natural habitat options. Become a beekeeper or attend classes to learn more about bees. Education is offered from the Northern Piedmont Beekeepers Association and the Prince William Beekeepers Association. The key to success is often in having a mentor or two. Beekeeping is fun and exciting. Just ask Kae Yowell, Head Gardener at Airlie. She is an enthusiastic beginner beekeeper at Airlie’s Local Food Project apiary. She often works with her two mentors, Louise Edsall from Sweet Virginia Foundation and German Perilla, Director of the George Mason Honey Bee Initiative. When discussing her role as a beekeeper and the roles of her mentors she animatedly said, “German and Louise have helped spark the desire to pursue beekeeping.” Ann Harman also states that mentors for beekeepers are essential in the beginning stages of starting your own hive. After spending time with bee enthusiasts such as Ann or Kae, most individuals will leave with a greater appreciation for the honey bee’s important role in our food supply. Remember, honey bees are friends, not foes. Help keep their “buzz” going. They are crucial workers in our food supply, as are all the farmers who grow and tend the crops.


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GSCNC (Girl Scout Council Nations Capital), Troop 553, Cadettes and Juniors Alexis and Peanut talk with the Girl Scouts about why it’s important to love who you are. Round Elementary School, Manassas The same is true of children with Alexis. “When Alexis speaks of her own insecurities and experiences with bullying, children immediately feel that she understands and they open up too,” says one Fauquier parent. Their therapy offerings may include two very different modes, but the common thread between them is “be who you are, don’t be afraid, you’re not alone in this, we’re here for you, and you can do it!” Today, Peanut works about one day a week, visiting children in Rappahannock County schools and having private sessions with children and their favorite books throughout the week, or attending gatherings to promote self-esteem. “Children find Peanut to be safe, he won’t judge, and he just listens. He is a loyal friend,” says Alexis. Peanut will sit and listen to the child read aloud to him, and when they are done, the child is rewarded by getting to see Peanut’s tricks, such as a high-five, patty cake, army crawl or spin. “Children want to read for Peanut, so they can see his tricks,” Alexis continues. He is not only a quiet encourager, but a motivator in this way. Alexis says, “When Peanut sees his blue work vest, he knows he is going to work. He gets in character, which means he is very focused on the job he has to do.” She says he is especially good with children with special needs, and very effective with autistic children, too.


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If you teach a nonprofit to fish… I’ll never forget the first time I spoke with Cole Johnson. She called the office one day in early February 2014. I’d heard of the organization she represented, the Northern Piedmont Community Foundation (NPCF), but I knew little about it other than that it existed in our community. Cole’s voice—part overjoyed, part overwhelmed and brimming with urgency—instantly grabbed my attention. She clearly had something important to share, but I wasn’t sure whether it was good news or bad. The story Cole proceeded to tell was far more interesting - and positive - than anything my mind cooked up during the first few seconds of that conversation. 14

Cole had an idea. A big idea. She wanted to bring a nationwide, annual day-of-giving initiative to the four counties NPCF serves. Mind you, we were in late February at this point. The annual day of giving was slated for just two months down the road: May 6, 2014. Pulling this off effectively would be a major fete. The discourse with Cole reminded me of lessons Dr. Snyder, Founder of Verdun Adventure Bound in Rixeyville, Virginia, has reiterated to me in many a conversation. Doc has a lot of insight to share, but his lessons on the journey from “the me, to the we, to the one” have always resonated above all else. It didn’t take long for me to realize that Cole was well into “the one.” If anyone could take an idea and

transform it into one shared vision and mission in our community, it would be Cole Johnson. And, yes, I’d volunteer to help. The beginning… Summer 2013: online giving platform Kimbia in collaboration with the Council on Foundations (the nation’s leading nonprofit association of grant making organizations), announces that Tuesday, May 6 will become the inaugural nationwide online giving day. Dubbed “Give Local America,” the founding parties envisioned the event would “transform grassroots philanthropy in the United States by inspiring more people than ever before to give to community foundations and the nonprofits they support.” Warrenton Lifestyle


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Cole remembers receiving an email about the giving day movement from Kimbia and initially thinking, “what an incredible opportunity…for big cities.” But then she thought, “forget big cities, our region is full of big hearts. Why not a ‘Give Local Piedmont?’” It took some planning, strategy and gumption, but over the next few months, Cole personally endeavored to secure Board support for participating in a digital initiative that was not only somewhat forward thinking and progressive—it was the first-ever nationwide online day of giving! Recruiting & Teaching… There are hundreds of nonprofits in the Piedmont region. Most operate on shoestring budgets; many have no formal resource development plan in place. No surprise, then, that the opportunity to participate in a structured day of giving backed by their local community foundation yielded swift and enthusiastic responses from local nonprofits. A total of 107 nonprofits in Fauquier, Culpeper, Madison and Rappahannock counties stepped up. Training these nonprofits on the semantics and operational details of the program was only one part of the opportunity, however. Perhaps the greater opportunity was the training NPCF offered in conjunction with Give Local America leading up to the event. Nonprofits had the opportunity to learn about using social media to bolster their fundraising efforts. They learned best practices for online fundraising and talked about how they could convert short-term “giving day hype” into long-term donor retention. Rallying the community… Speaking of hype, there was no shortage of it leading up to May 6. Many local media outlets generously

provided space for ads, radio spots and public service announcements. Yard signs, car magnets, flyers and banners popped up across the Piedmont region as suddenly and noticeably as spring daffodils. Meanwhile, the individual nonprofits were busy cultivating their donor databases and working to inspire their organizational supporters to give. In April, the Fauquier Health Foundation graciously announced it would match up to $100,000 in Give Local Piedmont gifts. The news garnered additional media attention and further helped to propel interest and awareness. I remember Cole and I taking a deep breath and rejoicing in the fact that this day was now officially on the regional radar. Pins and needles… Despite the fact that 107 nonprofits would be participating, behind the scenes, we were still a little nervous about what would actually happen on May 6. We had no baseline for comparison. It was similar to that feeling you get when you throw party that doesn’t require an R.S.V.P., and five minutes from the published start time, nobody is there. This particular party started at 12:00AM on May 6, and it took no time to realize that everything was going to be just fine. Donations started coming in immediately! As the day went on, Cole was hunkered down in her “war room” at the State Theatre in Culpeper and I was, well, multitasking. You see, last May 6 was also Election Day and in addition to volunteering with Give Local Piedmont, I’d volunteered to run a candidate’s campaign for a seat on the Warrenton Town Council. I remember bringing up the giving leaderboard in the conference room at the office and going back and forth between phone calls with the

candidate and posting giving updates on Facebook for what seemed like hours on end. When all was said and done, the inaugural Give Local Piedmont campaign raised $675,069.27 for nonprofits across Fauquier, Culpeper, Madison and Rappahannock counties. About half of those 107 nonprofits play roles in Fauquier County. (And yes, the candidate won the election.) Our region’s event raised more than any other Give Local event in the state of Virginia, remarkable given that Give Local Piedmont’s population was the smallest among those participating. In fact, Give Local Piedmont was among the top 20 in the nation for dollars raised during the event. The lasting benefit… The greatest success in all of this, however, is far more substantial than than the number of participating nonprofits and impressive amount of money raised in a single 24-hour period. By bringing the nonprofits into the program, Cole Johnson and the NPCF taught them how to fish. Those lessons live on far beyond any single event, and are sure to play a role in propelling the Give Local Piedmont initiative across the million-dollar mark this year. The road ahead… So what does the Northern Piedmont Community Foundation do for an encore? Raise the bar, that’s what. This year’s goal is a cool $1 million. The Fauquier Health Foundation is already on-board with a gift of $100,000. This annual giving day is Tuesday, May 5. Let’s help make it the most fruitful one yet for the Piedmont region. Learn more and/or give online May 5 at www.GiveLocalPiedmont.org.

Crystal McKinsey is the Founding CEO of McKinsey Development (MKD), an Integrated Marketing Communications firm headquartered in Warrenton. An active member of the community, McKinsey is currently serving a Chairwoman of the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Club of Fauquier. She also serves on the board of the Fauquier Community Theatre and is a past board member of the Greater Warrenton Chamber of Commerce. She resides on a Warrenton farmette with her journalist husband, two stepdaughters, two border collies, a flock of sheep, a horse named Spice and closets full of impractical, but highly fashionable shoes. 16

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Mindfulness: Unlocking the Door to Better Physical & Emotional Well-Being by Michelle Kelley


he practice of mindfulness is not only sweeping through mainstream America, it is also sweeping through the mental health and business worlds. Google, Target and General Mills are just a few businesses offering mindfulness meditation groups and courses for their employees. Google’s Search Inside Yourself class is waitlisted. They also offer mindful lunches conducted in complete silence as well as a labyrinth for walking meditations. Quiet contemplation is seen as the new caffeine, unlocking productivity and creative bursts. This is the real reason businesses are embracing mindfulness meditation practices. With increased productivity, businesses make more money and have happier employees who want to stick around. The results are conclusive: Practicing mindfulness can reduce stress, improve productivity, increase compassion and strengthen relationships. It’s not only changing businesses but relationships as well. Mindfulness meditation is not just woo-woo stuff; it is backed by hard science. Research shows us that practicing non-judgmental awareness (a.k.a. mindfulness) changes our brain chemistry and can rewire how our brain responds to stress. Researchers at Boston University showed that people react less to emotionally-charged images after receiving mindfulness meditation


training. Imagine what this can mean to someone who is struggling with anger management issues.

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is the practice of maintaining a nonjudgmental state of awareness of your thoughts, emotions, and experiences. It’s a different way of paying attention. It’s about training your mind to be more focused, present and purposeful. It’s about improving the quality of your relationships. Mindfulness practices include meditation, yoga, and tai chi which all incorporate non-judgmental awareness of the present moment. Certain activities such as gardening, walking in nature or spending time with your pets can cultivate a mindfulness state. This practice can be done formally or informally at any time of the day. It’s a skill set that anyone can develop – even children. As a matter of fact, I often teach children how to cultivate mindfulness in dealing with highconflict relationships, difficult situations or intense emotions.

• Practicing mindfulness improves both mental and physical health. • Mindfulness involves focusing on your thoughts, emotions and body awareness – without judgment. • It requires patience, practice and more practice.

Mindfulness Improves Physical Health

According to recent research, the practice of mindfulness can have positive effects on your health. Physical and emotional health are closely connected. Here are some of the possible benefits. • decreased stress • improved sleep • less chronic pain • lower blood pressure • reduced inflammation

Mindfulness Improves Emotional Health

Mindfulness increases emotional intelligence and gives you greater control over your emotions. The field of psychology has recently turned to mindfulness training to treat conditions such as: • depression • anxiety

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Mindfulness Improves Relationships

Paying close, focused attention (i.e. being mindful) to your actions and reactions can help you to break out of dysfunctional patterns in your relationships thereby opening the way to create new, healthier patterns. It can also help you to cultivate compassion and regulate your emotions, so that you are responding instead of reacting (or over reacting). All of these are key ingredients to healthy relationships. In my work with both adults and children, I regularly use mindfulness techniques to teach clients how to create positive, lasting changes in their mood, behavior and relationships. One of the benefits of counseling is learning how to think differently - in a purposeful, constructive way. Once you learn a new skill set, it’s yours to use for the rest of your life. My clients are reporting feeling less stressed, increased compassion for themselves and others, and less conflict in their relationships. The results are proof that mindfulness yields results that people care about. We all want more peace and happier relationships. It starts with mindfulness. Otherwise, you are just working on creating change at the level of symptoms instead of cause. One of my clients, who suffered from compassion fatigue (a common ailment for a woman), began practicing mindfulness in her quiet moments. This allowed her to tap into her thoughts of feeling victimized, which she was unaware of previously. Upon further reflection and discussion,

she was able to change her thought patterns (i.e. rewire her brain) and make empowering decisions. Her compassion fatigue was greatly reduced and she was able to more fully enjoy her relationships. An angry teen shared with me that she had no idea why she was so angry. She was surprised how much of her energy was being drained by this emotion and she wanted to be free from it. As she began to pay close attention to her anger (without judgment) and its triggers, she realized that she had more control and ability to choose her emotions than she realized. The state of being mindful allowed her to create new thoughts, new behaviors and new patterns – thus rewiring her brain. I remember when my daughter was very angry with me and was blaming me for having divorced parents. I was able to calmly listen to her and validate her emotions and feelings. I let her have her moment. After the moment passed, she was sort of startled that I didn’t have much of a reaction. I think she really appreciated the fact that I let her be upset, without trying to justify my feelings or minimize hers. She was and is always allowed to be upset, even with me.

How to Incorporate Mindfulness Practices

Start informally. You can begin right now. Take a moment. Take a breath. What are you feeling, thinking? Are you placing judgment somewhere? Most of us do, so just take notice. Focus your mind. Ask your mind to stay in the moment. Right now you are reading and learning from this article. If it wanders, then gently redirect it. Practice non-judgment. Your thoughts and feelings are neither good nor bad so resist the urge to label

them. We all experience a range of emotions. Allow them to just exist. Accept the present moment. This moment in time is what it is. You are here, sitting in your chair, breathing, expanding your knowledge. Get out of it all that you can. You can practice those steps at any time: while you’re enjoying dinner with your family, walking your dog or if you feel as though you’re having a particularly bad day. Finally! We are acknowledging the mind is a powerful tool of transformation. I hope you are as excited as I am to embrace selfawareness and realize that we can change our lives and our relationships.

Recommended Readings: Rewire Your Brain for Love: Creating Vibrant Relationships Using the Science of Mindfulness by Marsha Lucas Mindful Work: How Meditation is Changing Business from the Inside Out by David Gelles The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle Mindfulness Meditation: Nine Guided Practices to Awaken Presence and Open Your Heart (Audio CD) by Tara Brach

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‘Will we never live as before?’

The Town of Warrenton was occupied by Union troops several times during the Civil War. This sketch shows the U.S. flag flying from the courthouse, and Union troops passing in review.

Part 2: Suffering continues as the war drags on to its conclusion by John Toler In Part 1, Elizabeth “Betty” Gray recounted the optimism and early successes of the Confederate army during the Civil War. What followed was the Union occupation and frequent raids by foragers and deserters. The first weeks of January 1863 were quiet, almost monotonous, since the armies were not on the move. For the first time since the war began, Betty walked the two miles to Warrenton, accompanying her sister Victoria, who was suffering from a toothache and sought treatment. By then, Warrenton was showing the effects of the occupation. “I walked all over town & visited every empty store, just to be doing something while in this dreary place,” according to Betty’s Jan. 24, 1863 entry. “In peace times I never admired staying here longer than business lasted, and now it is unbearable.” While in town, she visited St. James Episcopal Church, and noted, “…how natural it felt to be there.” The weather in February was extremely bad, and by late March, the Confederate army was falling back and Union forces returned to the area. By mid-April, they were back in 20

control, and resumed the raids and intimidation. “Mr. Balch (a former pastor of Greenwich Presbyterian Church) was to have preached a funeral sermon today for all of the soldiers of two counties, Fauquier and Prince William,” wrote Betty in her entry for April 19, 1863. “But the Yankees, in their fury, put an end to it, and all things pertaining to good.” On April 24, four Union soldiers came to Mt. Airy, and demanded that Mrs. Edmonds give each of them a ham. When she refused, they threatened to set fire to her house and burn her out. “The low, degraded wretches!” wrote Bettie. “Who could expect more from such?” Two days later, a larger force returned, and cleaned out Mt. Airy’s meat house. A second blow soon followed, when another large group of raiders emerged from the woods where the Grays and their neighbors had hidden their horses and mules. “They are coming out… with our horses and our mule, both that were hid in the pines -- every neighbors last resort to save their horses, but alas, it is no use,” wrote Betty on April 27, 1863. The end of April 1863 brought

a significant change, as the slaves owned by the families, which Betty referred to as “servants,” learned from Union authorities that Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation had freed them. Actually, the slaveholders’ control over their “servants” had diminished significantly since the first Union occupation, and the mass departure of the formerly enslaved came as no surprise. As recorded on April 29, 1863: “Every servant left last night from here and Grandma’s, 17 in number, taking our wagon and oxen. Pretty fix we’re in this morning. Ma, myself, Cousin A. and Egleston have been hard at work cleaning house and getting breakfast.” Four days later, Betty noted that 80 former slaves had recently left Warrenton, and that her family had not been able find anyone to hire to help them. Household chores were divided up among the womenfolk. MILITARY ACTIONS RECOUNTED Two important military actions took place nearby in May, both involving Capt. John S. Mosby’s Rangers. Warrenton Lifestyle

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On May 30, 1863, Mosby’s Rangers raided a Union supply train at Catlett’s Station. After inflicting serious damage, they were driven off by Union cavalry, suffering significant casualties. Credit: Civil War Daily Gazette. On May 4, Betty wrote, “There was a considerable skirmish at The Warrenton Junction in the morning. Mosby’s brave band had captured 75 Yankees and equipment of no little value, when a Union regiment came up on fresh horses, recaptured the prisoners and stayed our brave boys, their jaded horses not being able to complete with the enemy’s.” This was the fight at Warrenton Junction (today’s Calverton), where Mosby’s men overran the Union outfit stationed at the railroad depot, only to be counter-attacked by the 5th New York Cavalry, and driven back to Warrenton. On June 1, Betty gave her account of another Mosby raid further up the Orange & Alexandria Railroad line at Catlett’s Station, which took place on May 30, 1863. Mosby used a small cannon to disable a Union supply train, which his men raided. Again, they were forced to retreat when a Union cavalry unit from nearby joined the fight. “Heard from Mr. Jamieson that Mosby led a brilliant charge on Saturday. Had only 40, against 300 Calvary. The infantry ran a first start. Mosby burnt nine cars, but lost his piece of artillery, doing great damage to the enemy. Ammunition gave out, or it would have been a shameful defeat of Yankees. We lost one killed, two wounded and two prisoners, the Federals much greater. Mosby retreated after he deserted his cannon. 22

The wounded were taken to Cousin Warren’s (the Fitzhugh property at Grapewood).” Following the raid, pressure on civilians living in the area increased dramatically. “It is certainly dangerous to have the Rebel come in your house, or help them in the slightest way,” wrote Betty on June 12, 1863. “Never a day passes that the Yankees are not coming to Warrenton, and going to citizens’ houses to search for the Rebels. They think the citizens support the ‘whackers altogether, and threatened to burn the first house and take the last cow off your place if they find a Southerner in your house. In spite of all these threats, it is too hard to send our poor fellows away hungry. We can’t do it, and if the Yankees find out, we must stand the consequences like true Southerners.” By the mid-June 1863, the local populace enjoyed a brief respite, as Union forces left the area and Confederate troops returned. The Battle of Gettysburg loomed. “Our army is traversing Maryland and Pennsylvania, as yet meeting no resistance,” wrote Betty on July 2, 1863. “Retribution will be carried to a certain extent as far as civil warfare goes, but the women and children & non-combatants will remain safe with the Southern army. No starvation or houses burned are contained therein.” Betty’s entry for July 19 related that Vicksburg and Ft. Hudson had fallen to Union forces, and that Lee

was “…falling back from Maryland and Pennsylvania.” What was worse was that by July 24, Union troops returned to Warrenton. “There has hardly been an hour’s intermission on the Pike of their moving army, luggage train, etc. for three days,” she wrote on July 25. The next day, Mt. Airy was raided by foragers, and all of the food taken. In response, a guard named Murray was assigned by the Union command to protect the family from deserters; a man named McCallun later replaced him. “Their motives for changing the guards I have never heard,” wrote Betty. “They were getting too fond of secessh… and had them called in.” SHORTAGES, RAIDS AND COLLABORATION By then, everyday items, including new clothing, were becoming scarce, and by mid-September 1863, stores were nearly empty, and “Ma could get nothing in Warrenton. The only one who had anything for sale has sold nearly out,” Betty recalled, adding that the stores would not accept Confederate money, only Union “greenbacks.” On Oct. 13, 1863, Confederate troops under Brig. Gen. Lindsay Lomax moved east from Warrenton to Auburn, where he was to meet with two of Gen. J.E.B. Stuart’s divisions. Unbeknownst to the Confederates, a Union force led by Maj. Gen. William H. French was approaching Auburn from the south, and stumbled into the Confederates. A brief but fierce skirmish ensued, and when Lomax’s charge on the Federal line was met with (artillery) canister, he withdrew back to Warrenton. Known as “The First Battle of Auburn,” it was the prelude to the Battle of Bristoe Station the next day, which resulted in a Union victory. By Oct. 20, Federal forces were back in Warrenton force, and while guards were once again assigned to protect civilians, the raids continued. “A detestable band of outlaws was sauntering around the yard last night, and Smyth, our guard, drove them off,” wrote Betty. “This morning, our cattle were turned out of the farmyard. Our Warrenton Lifestyle

beautiful pet calf slaughtered on the hill, and all carried away but the skin. Cabbage garden almost cleaned out.” Union forces again left the area on Nov. 4, but returned on Dec. 12. Their reception in the town elicited a critical response from Betty: “I presume if all accounts be true, the Warrenton belles are now in their glory. Yankees with all their charm have returned to entrance them. Their loyalty is easily bought. Coffee and sugar and whiskey and free dry goods, etc. have carried the day. Shamefully ridiculous. “It wounds my ear to hear and record such deeds of our own Southern people. I hope reports, if at all true, are shamefully exaggerated. Mosby’s captives have brought many things to view and opened peoples’ eyes to the treachery of Warrenton, a perfect little sink-hole of villainy.” There was another raid on the Gray and Edmonds properties on Dec. 16, and although each house was searched from top to bottom, nothing was taken but a hatchet and box of nails. Christmas Day 1863 was very different than the celebrations before the war. “How I should like to attend Church every Christmas, but it is impossible to go into Warrenton now. Under no excuse can you pass the picket post. The regiment of cavalry is still on the hills very near us, but

not one of the number do we ever see nearer than this encampment. They are afraid of being gobbled up by Mosby’s men. “Old Abe has sent a petition to Jeff (Confederate Pres. Jefferson Davis) to call in Mosby, and all citizens around shall be protected and not want for anything. I would thank Mr. Abe to call in his roguish minions, and we want none of his protection and aid.” During January 1864, Betty spent three weeks at Ringwood, during which time she and Miss Janie Milligan, who ran the school at Ringwood, visited Mrs. Bessie Low at Vint Hill. “Miss Janie and I walked over to Mr. Low’s. Found poor Bessie looking the picture of distress. Her husband Andrew left two weeks ago for Maryland to purchase goods. The wagon has just returned with all things, but left Mr. Low sick on the road. That accounted for her trouble. Good Miss Mary Green and her father are staying with her. Bessie has two children, Lizzie and Douglass. It is the first time I have seen her since she was married.” Destruction of civilian property intensified, as Betty described in her entry for Jan. 31, 1864: “Every vacant house in Warrenton and the vicinity, wherever the Tyrants can bear the sway, has been brought low. In some

instances, where comfortable new dwellings stood there is not a vestige left to show their wantonest deeds. Auburn is entirely demolished, only dwelling house of Mr. (Stephen) McCormick left standing, and the stonework of a mill.” Again, most people living in the countryside could not pass the Union picket lines to attend church, and as a result, the only services being held “for ten miles around” were at St. James in Warrenton. “So much for our kind protectors, whose friendly mission among us was to civilize us. They seem to vent their hatred on churches especially,” Betty wrote. “Three country churches have been entirely demolished.” March 20, 1864 was Betty’s Grandma Edmonds’ 89th birthday. Betty wanted to make a birthday cake, but had no eggs. Later that day, a Yankee sentinel fired on her father as he walked in his field. Fortunately he missed. March 28, 1864 was Easter Sunday, but it was not a happy time. “This day will pass like all the other Sundays, moping over a few old books in the morning, having some neighbors call in the evening,” Betty wrote. “To express my wish to attend church is too vain and stale to repeat again. When I look from my chamber-window to the tall spires of yon Warrenton churches, and lust for

Aftermath of the First Battle of Auburn, showing the damaged mill and the McCormack house, as drawn by Union artist Pvt. Edward K. Sneeden. ‘The column was delayed only an hour… I went all over the ground and made a sketch of the McCormick house before leaving,’ he wrote. MAY 2015


Betty Gray’s brother Elias married Helen ‘Ella’ Edmonds in 1871. They are shown with eldest son Elias Jr. about 1885. Courtesy of Mary K. Tarr.

the sound of their familiar bell that has been so long silenced, I still my heart within my breast. What sad changes. Will we never live as before?” THE WAR WINDS DOWN The summer of 1864 was quiet in Warrenton, since most of the fighting was taking place around Richmond. Time was spent visiting relatives, and at Ringwood. Church services were again being held, with Rev. A. D. Pollock (1807-1890) coming from Warrenton to Greenwich to preach. Two serious incidents occurred on Aug. 23, 1864, when a large group of Union raiders passed through Greenwich. They stole Janie Milligan’s horse, and robbed the Ernest Hunton family. Before leaving, they set the house on fire, and took Mr. Hunton to Washington as a prisoner. The fall of 1864 was mostly uneventful. A visit to Warrenton in late September reinforced Betty’s disgust with those who had been complicit with the Union occupation force, and she was happy to return home and be “…with wholesome country folks once more.” The pages of Betty’s diary from Oct. 7 to Dec. 2, 1864 were missing, 24

and not transcribed. Dec. 3, 1864 found her back at Ringwood. She recalled that Dr. Richard T. Mitchell, a family friend and physician who lived nearby at Mt. Sterling, was arrested by Union soldiers in mid-December, but was later released – after they took his horse and overcoat. Similar robberies occurred around Warrenton until after Christmas. This situation had everyone on edge, and when there was a knock on the door at Mt. Airy late on the night of Jan. 3, 1865, Betty’s family feared it was Union raiders. Fortunately it was Ferdinand Bartenstein and his 18-yearold son Reinhardt. They stayed the night before Reinhardt left to join his unit. “Oh, how sad to see them start. Poor Mr. Bartenstein, I pity you, following your son perhaps for the last time,” wrote Betty. “He has joined Captain Chapman’s command, and has made his first debut in his company. The command is on its way to the Northern Neck to take up quarters.” The rest of January was spent in routine visits, but Betty was ill for several days. The school at Ringwood reopened on Feb. 1, 1865, and church services were now being held regularly

at Greenwich Presbyterian Church, preached by Rev. Pollock. Union troops remained in the area until March 4, 1865, encamped on Cedar Run. Brother Elias was nearly captured or killed when he encountered them, “…making his escape by dodging in the pines.” With the Union troops gone, the rest of March was spent doing routine domestic chores and visiting friends and family. Betty was ill for several days, which she spent quietly reading and sewing. On April 2, Betty wrote that she “Heard a constant booming of distant cannons. No war news of credit. It is impossible to keep a correct account of the fights. Reports are so conflicting, coming from a distance and are stale when we get a current account.” It wasn’t until April 7 that the news arrived that Gen. Lee had evacuated Richmond. “What a shock to our bright hopes,” she recalled. “What may we expect now?” The Civil War ended with Lee’s surrender at Appomattox Courthouse on April 9, 1865, but the pages of Betty’s diary that recorded her feelings of the defeat were lost. The next entry was on June 30, 1865, when she reflected on the sadness felt by her family. On July 17, 1865, Union troops returned to Warrenton, and established a post there. “No harm sustained by them yet, though we look for them daily,” Betty noted. The remaining pages of her diary that describe visits and home life, as life returned to what would be the “new normal.” Apparently Betty stopped writing in her diary after July 27, 1865, but resumed recording her observations from June 25 until Aug. 11, 1868. Recalling only the family visits, her last entry was brief: “Sarah (Bartenstein) and Grandma (Edmonds) here.” There would be one more entry nearly 21 years later, on April 13, 1889: “Vic found in an old musty trunk today containing my diary written during the war. This will be an amusing relic, with its reminiscences of war in my school days at Ringwood. My ardent love for my teacher. War Warrenton Lifestyle

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Castleton Festival Artists to Perform for Arts Fusion 2015 What do you get when you combine a great party, a beautiful location, phenomenal musicians and a compelling cause? The answer: Arts Fusion 2015 hosted by the Mental Health Association of Fauquier on Friday, June 19 at the Inn at Vint Hill. This year, for the first time, the Association is partnering with the renowned Castleton Festival to bring in some of the most talented young musicians from around the country to perform as part of the event. With its power to lift our spirits and speak to our souls, music is the perfect centerpiece for an evening devoted to celebrating our community’s commitment to high quality and readily available mental health care. Founded in 2009 by the late Maestro Lorin Maazel and his wife, actress Dietlinde Turban Maazel, the Castleton

Festival brings together internationally known conductors and artists each summer to live and work in a musical family setting on the grounds of the Maazels’ 600 acre farm in Rappahannock County, where they mentor and perform with a new generation of musicians. This combination of established artists working and performing with the stars of tomorrow brings fresh energy to favorite works and new productions in a repertoire that includes opera, classical music, theatre, bluegrass and jazz. Castleton is distinct among other music festivals in the Greater Washington region and beyond because of its unique venue, its world-class performers (this year, for example, featuring jazz great Wynton Marsalis), and most importantly, as a mentoring program for young artists and theatre professionals.

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2014 Castleton performance of the Barber of Seville. Photo credit Leslie Maazel.


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This year’s C.A.T.S. participants include veteran singers like mezzosoprano Kira Dills-Desurra, who was just accepted in the prestigious, 2-year long Chicago Opera Theatre apprentice program, and will sing the role of Stefano in this summer’s production of Romeo et Juliette; tenor Leonardo Navarro, a young professional singer from Chile who has joined the seminar in order to get a level of professional training not available to him in his home country; soprano Erica Intilangelo, one of the summer’s top recruits and the understudy for the immensely challenging role of Juliette, and baritone Eric Heatley, an African American baritone who C.A.T.S. director Olsen feels “will go all the way to the top of the profession.” The Festival is also generous in sharing its rich musical resources with the local community, which is where the Mental Health Association comes in. According to C.A.T.S. Director Stanford Olsen, “We are thrilled to be able to reach out to the community and lend our support to projects like Arts Fusion 2015. Historically, the arts have not just been entertainment, but an important force for political and social change. Whether that means fundraising for important causes such as mental health care, programming new repertoire as a means of supporting the growth and vitality of the arts, or adapting an inclusionary stance with regard to recruitment and casting, Castleton hopes to be a leader, both locally and on a much wider scale.” Performing for community groups while they are in this area gives these outstanding young singers and musicians a chance to try out different musical styles (from popular music to Broadway tunes)

and to perform solo or with one or two of their fellow C.A.T.S. musicians. For its part, the Mental Health Association is delighted to host these talented artists in a 45-minute concert that is the centerpiece of Arts Fusion 2015. The concert will be preceded by an elegant opening reception, and will be followed by more food, drink and dancing for everyone after the performance. Work by local artists, dinners at local restaurants, and various other exciting items will be auctioned off during the evening as well. Proceeds from Arts Fusion will support the Mental Health Association’s critical work to improve timely access to mental health care in Fauquier and Rappahannock counties. The Association has been extremely active in the past year, raising $50,000 to help the Free Clinic provide mental health care for its patients, partnering with the Fauquier County Public Schools to secure a $100,000 federal grant to provide Mental Health First Aid classes for school staff and community members who work with young people, and offering Mental Health First Aid for the schools and the community in Rappahannock (with support from the Fauquier Health Foundation). The Association also secured grant funds to purchase tele-psychiatry equipment for the Behavioral Healthcare Clinic in Warrenton so local families can access child psychiatry services, provided housing subsidies for individuals with mental illness to help promote their recovery, helped local individuals and families find needed mental health treatment, and advocated for the development of an in-patient treatment facility in the region and for reduced wait times at local out-patient programs.

2014 Castleton performance of the Barber of Seville. Photo credit Leslie Maazel.

Erica Intilangelo, a first year Master of Music student at the University of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, and the top-ranked recruit for this years C.A.T.S. program. She will be joining the Castleton Festival for the first time, and will be the understudy for Juliette.

Arts Fusion offers both an evening of first-rate entertainment and a chance to help strengthen mental health care in our community. Tickets for Arts Fusion 2015 (Friday, June 19, 7:00 pm, at the Inn at Vint Hill) are $100 and can be purchased at www.artsfusion2015.org. Tickets can also be purchased or donations made by calling the Mental Health Association at 540-341-8732. To learn more about the Castleton Festival, full information about the summer’s events can be found at www. castletonfestival.org or by contacting the Festival box office at 866-974-0767. The 2015 Castleton program offers more than 24 performances between July 2 – August 2, including the new comic opera based on Supreme Court Justices Scalia and Ginsburg and performances by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, along with a July 2 bluegrass concert and performances of Wilder’s Our Town, Gounod’s Romeo and Juliet, and Ravel’s L’heure espagnole (The Spanish Hour).

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U.S. Merchant Marines that were killed by the enemy as they ferried vital supplies to support the war effort across the seas during WW II. American Merchant Marines suffered a high rate of casualties and many went down with their sunken ships while others were buried at sea. Often unarmed and unescorted, their ships were easy targets for the German U-boats and enemy planes. We must also remember them in our prayers. Memorial Day, or a Day of Remembrance, is one day a year that Americans remember their war dead. It is difficult to visualize the hundreds of thousands of American fighting men and women that died fighting for their country because they are so many, and they fought in so many places. But going to visit their graves at a veteran’s cemetery will make it more real, especially if there is a marker on a grave. Rows and rows of neatly spaced crosses, Stars of David, and markers are a living testimony of how many gave their lives for their country.

“TIME WILL NOT DIM THE GLORY OF THEIR DEEDS” General of the Armies, John J. Pershing Placing a flower, an American Flag, or just saying a prayer over the gravesite and remembering what the veteran did for this nation is what Memorial Day is all about. No greater gift or sacrifice can anyone give or make than dying in the field of battle to defend the American Flag and all that it stands for. Almost every day, an American soldier dies somewhere in the world. And one more young man or woman rises to the occasion and takes his or her place. And so the tradition endures: to join the ranks of defenders of Freedom, American fighting men and women no matter what the risk. Time has not changed that tradition, and time will never change what these honorable men and women have done and are doing for their country. Louis Ginesi Dominguez is a Disabled American Veteran



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Virginia Gold Cup Races Saturday, May 2, 2015 Gates open at 10:00 am Gates close 7:30 pm Spring Historic Masonry Workshop and Walking Tour of Old Town Warrenton Saturday, May 9, from 1 pm - 4:30 pm at the John Barton Payne Building and the Adjacent Plaza, 2 Courthouse Square, Warrenton, VA. In celebration of National Historic Preservation Month, the Fauquier County Architectural Review Board will host a Historic Masonry Workshop and Walking Tour in downtown Warrenton. The day with feature expert speakers as well as a walking tour of Warrenton’s masonry buildings. FREE and open to the public. For more information, contact Wendy Wheatcraft at (540) 422-8210 or wendy.wheatcraft@fauquiercounty.gov


The 2015 Old Town Warrenton Spring Festival Saturday, May 16, 2015. Discover a day filled with family friendly fun at the Old Town Warrenton Spring Festival. Admission is free for this one-day craft fair that draws 25,00030,000 people from around the region, rain or shine. Warrenton’s historic Main Street transforms into a craft festival featuring more than 250 artisans and crafters, food vendors, and entertainers offering something to please everyone in the family.

like Star Wars, Blue Moon, and Star Dust, as well as other constellation and planetary delights. There will be a raffle of prizes from local businesses ($1 per ticket). Concert admission is free, and donations to the band are gratefully accepted. A complementary dessert reception will follow the concert. Get ready to join the band and experience space travel through song! May the Force be with you! Call 540-422-8560 for more information, or visit www.fauquiercommunityband. com.

The Fauquier Community Band presents their summer concert “Space: The Final Frontier” Monday, May 18, at 7 pm. Please come out to Taylor Middle School (350 E. Shirley Ave.) and join us for an enjoyable evening filled with music to help you travel the universe in song. You’ll hear popular tunes

Hive Alive & Honey Production May 30th, 2pm-5pm. Join in for a beekeeping education event followed by a garden tour at Airlie’s Local Food Project’s garden.

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ost people who know Carol Collins, know her as Bingo The Clown. Or as Mrs. Claus. Or as Safari Bingo, or as Mother Christmas at the National Capital Christmas tree lighting, or the Easter Bunny or as Elf. Yet now the entertainer – while keeping her other personas intact – is pursuing other activities that she thinks will help others feel better. “Live Life With Laughter – For The Health of It!’ is a new focus in my life of clowning around,” Collins reported. “My goal is to encourage all ages to see the humor rather than the horror all around us. I discuss the mental, physical, spiritual and social benefits of laughter and suggest some activities to get people to laugh.”


Collins has a Masters Degree in Elementary Educational and English as a second language, and she was a substitute teacher when her life changed forever. “I had an adopted daughter, and when she was old enough, I took her

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out on Halloween, and my friend said, ‘You can’t go because you’re not dressed up.’ So I said, ‘What do I wear?’ And she gave me a clown costume that her daughter wouldn’t wear, and I put it on and never went back to teaching. 1975. I’ve been doing it ever since.” Her career advanced, and she’s performed all over the world. She’s even been an extra in two movies, Her Alibi with Tom Selleck and Avalon with Aiden Quinn. “I’ve done stuff at the White House,” she said. “I gave Nancy Reagan a red nose, and she put it on 40

and smiled. Thirty years ago, I met Prince Salman from Saudi Arabia, and he loved birds. I think he’s king now. I go to the Inn at Little Washington twice a year. I do their Christmas party as Mrs. Claus and I do their picnic. I’ve been to hospitals in Lima, Peru, where kids with cleft palates were waiting for operations. I went to North Vietnam, too. I like doing that. My basic belief is that all people smile in the same language.”


“In my new career, I’m a person here, not a clown, and I want people

to laugh. We need that more than ever in this world. Everything you hear is so negative, and people don’t look at life in a positive way. ‘This is wrong, that is wrong, and on and on,’” she said. “I went to a workshop to learn about laughter, about how it’s healing. It’s in the Bible that laughter is healing, and now they have proven it medically. Your endorphin levels go up.” Collins said that she joined the Association of Applied and Therapeutic Humor to learn more about the benefits of laughter. Already a motivational speaker, Collins came up with something new. Warrenton Lifestyle

“I added a laugh yoga workshop to my presentation,” she explained. “I tell them, ‘You want less stress in your life, you want to live longer, improve your relationships? Laugh more!’ I do a 45 minute presentation on the mental, physical, social and spiritual benefits of laughter, and they don’t have to be involved or they can watch or they can get involved. Then I add a 30-minute workshop which is laugh yoga.” “Laugh yoga started in Mumbai, India,” she continued, “and it’s spread all over the world. You know, you’re a jogger, and you meet a friend, and you do your morning run together, and you feel better. That’s what this is. It’s inner jogging. You meet with friends, and you just laugh. It’s not humor-based, it’s just physical laughter. Just going, ‘Ha! Ha! Ho! Ho! Ho!’ Just doing that makes you breathe better. And each activity I mention, you have to say it with laughs. In other words, you’re opening your credit card bill, and you go, ‘Ha ha, ho ho ho.’ But you’re looking at each other, and that’s making you laugh ‘cause you’re looking at the other guy, and they’re laughing. So you do about 20 minutes of this, and I say different things that they have to act out, and we get on the floor at the end, and they start to laugh from just putting their head on another person’s belly. And then we get calm at the end. They like it.” Collins said that she doesn’t regret her decision to give up the career that she had prepared for to take up one that she didn’t see coming. “That original day, when I took my daughter trick-andtreating, I learned that I could make people laugh without trying,” she recalled. “I said, ‘You know, I love to see people smile, and if I can do that, shoot, I want to do that.’” Carol Collins can be reached at livelifewithlaughter. com. George Rowand is a member of the Greater Warrenton Chamber of Commerce. This article is compliments of the GWCC. MAY 2015

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DOG AT YOUR SERVICE Helping Humans In Every Day Life by Charlotte Wagner Service dogs are animals employed to assist people with varying disabilities and disorders. Many are trained to aid their owners with physical limitations whereas others help with conditions that are unseen to the naked eye. Service dogs are carefully selected, highly skilled, and extraordinarily trained partners who provide a wide range of jobs to help their owners in every day life. Increased employability, function, independence, and freedom are just some of the perks. The Americans with Disabilities Act defines a service animal as: “dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with

disabilities... Service animals are working animals, not pets. The work or task a dog has been trained to provide must be directly related to the person’s disability.” Selecting a Service Dog The process of acquiring a service dog begins by taking a look at the owner’s lifestyle and evaluating individual needs before committing to a prospective dog. What tasks will the dog have to perform? What

conditions will the dog be working in? What type of transport does the owner have? What types of activities does the owner partake in? How many hours a day will the dog be able to rest? A larger dog with great endurance would be an appropriate match for balance and physical assistance, whereas a smaller dog that travels easily may be more suitable as an alert dog for someone who frequently travels. General criteria related to size, grooming/maintenance, health, and appearance should all be within the owner’s capabilities. Once a handful of breeds or type has been established, further selection must be made based temperament. Drive, sociability, adaptability,

Cooper is a PTSD service dog. His jobs include indicating when people are approaching in close proximity, fetching medicine when out of reach, and alerting to nightmares.


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mental soundness, and overall personality should work hand in hand with the tasks the dog will have to perform for it’s owner. Types of Service Dogs There are many roles service dogs may have, but most commonly they are employed to assist people with physical limitations, to alert for medical conditions, and provide psychological support. Physical Assistance Dogs Physical assistance dogs become an extension of their owners to compliment areas of sensory limitations. They assist individuals who utilize a wheelchair helping or have mobile restrictions by helping their owners getting dressed, fetching household items, opening doors, manipulating lights and carrying items. Aid in mobility through limited bracing and stabilization is also a common asset. Hearing dogs are trained to identify sounds unsuspecting to their owners for increased awareness. This may include indicating to alarms, sirens, phones, people calling their name, and timers. For those with lack of vision, seeing eye dogs are employed to assist in navigation around obstacles, through crowds, around stairs or curbs, and to find various objects. Medical Alert Dogs Medical alert dogs are skilled to sense a particular physiological crisis prior to the onset of a reactive episode. Some dogs have the natural ability to observe bodily changes, whereas others are specifically trained to indicate to alterations in the body. Diabetes alert dogs are used as tools to identify changes of low or high blood sugar levels. Providing early alerts means owners can take measures to regulate their blood glucose before imminent danger. Diabetes alert dogs can be trained to decipher variances in the blood using scent discrimination training. Similarly seizure detection dogs have the capability to warn people moments and even hours prior that a seizure may occur. These dogs are MAY 2015

usually very human-oriented and may use varying behaviors to indicate the onset of a seizure to their owner. Unlike diabetic assistance dogs, seizure dogs often possess a natural ability to detect the onset of an episode; a trait that has not yet been linked to specific breeding strategies. In some cases this skill can be trained using sweat samples from the owner; however varying degrees of effectiveness have been reported. Psychological Support Dogs Psych support dogs are increasingly employed as society becomes more aware of their impact on mental health and wellness. The expansion of their use is most notable in veterans and civilians experiencing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Dogs become multifunctional by acting as social barriers/ buffers, indicating oncoming anxiety/ panic attacks, providing mobility support, carrying supplies, fetching items when there is memory loss, medicine retrieves and reminds, redirection for mood stabilization, and disrupting night terrors. Autism assistance dogs provide an invaluable service to individuals and families living with autism. Dogs are specifically trained to provide children with physical safety, environmental awareness, and aid in social facilitation. These dogs give children and adults a sense of routine, consistency, reliance, and stability that enables a more independent life. Tasks to assist with individual needs are usually incorporated in their training. Service Dogs: Not for the Lazy or Faint of Heart! Service dogs may be acquired through a dedicated organization, or by hiring a private trainer. Work ethic, drive, endurance, trainability, social skills, and adaptability are often considered when selecting candidates. Regional and national organizations often specialize in producing their own stock through specialized breeding practices, but will also accept breeder donations, or suitable rescue dogs from shelters. Private trainers will often use similar criteria and take the owner’s individual needs into

One of the many skills service dogs have to learn is safely walking next to a cart with their owner while following directional commands. consideration before searching for a correct match. The training process through which a service dog goes is long, rigorous, time consuming, as well as long term financial and emotional investment. Local resident Jan M. has utilized a hearing dog to alert her of various sounds for the past 7 years. Her Labrador Retriever “Jetta” had completed rigorous training through a non-profit organization in Maryland before being paired with her owner at 4 years of age. After two knee replacements and many years of successful employment Jetta will be enjoying her old age in retirement from her daily duties as a working canine. In fall of 2014 owner Jan made the decision to attempt an alternate route and hire a private trainer to assist her in selecting and training a new hearing dog. Her new partner is “Abby”, an adolescent Labrador/ Pointer mix adopted from the Fauquier SPCA. Looking back Jan describes the selection process: “We had set up a check list and Abby met everything on it. How could this happen? I literally looked at the trainer and said, ‘I need to step back and look at this without the lovable, adorable pup looking me in the eyes.’ We drove down the road and stopped to talk. It was the right dog and I’ve no regrets.” Abby’s natural curiosity, sociability, desire to learn, biddability, energy, and drive during her evaluation made her an ideal candidate as a hearing dog. 43

Abby works on a settle down while Jan takes a moment to read labels. Reliable impulse control is one of the harder aspects of training public access skills. After 4 months of training Abby has learned basic obedience, public access skills, impulse control, and can indicate to various sounds including cell phones, timers, sirens, and alarms. Her owner agrees that “She is a great problem solver and often alerts me to new sounds we’ve not even taught her...they are just loud and she thinks I need to know about them.” Her training has consisted of bi-weekly private training lessons since December in addition to homework and practice sessions with her owner. When asked about the bigger challenges in training Jan explains “Some days it was like flying a kite”; she was not fully aware as to what all the training process entailed and how to accomplish goals, yet she remains grateful to have an experienced trainer who is willing to train the human alongside the dog. Impulsive puppy behavior and pulling was especially frustrating at the beginning. Assistance dogs are an invaluable asset, however we cannot forget that they are living,

breathing, beings who require our patient guidance to mature into successful workers. Jan has learned from her experience: “these dogs are not robots, they are animals”. As their trainer watching Jan and Abby transform from the bare essentials to a beautifully choreographed team has been an absolute joy. I am constantly blown away by Jan’s work ethic, determination, and passion while observing Abby’s natural ability, intuition, and drive to work for and with her owner. I believe Jan puts it best “training your own service dog is not for the lazy or faint of heart” and I could not agree more. Many hours of frustration, sweat, tears, enlightenment, and joy are still to come before Abby is a a full time service dog; but the work put in has paid ten fold in progress and outcome. Therapy and Emotional Support Dogs Unlike service dogs who are task trained, the sole purpose of therapy and emotional support dogs is to provide comfort. Therapy dogs are often certified through an organization that sets forth training standards and code of conduct in order to pursue volunteer visits. Owners may take their dogs for other people’s enjoyment to assisted living communities, group homes, psychotherapy facilities, or to help motivate people undergoing physical therapy and rehabilitation. In some cases therapy dogs are used to help build confidence in children learning how to read and help increase social skills. Emotional support animals are pets who provide comfort and psychological aid to disabled owners. They are not required to have any type of training and could be of different species. The Americans with Disabilities Act states “Dogs whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals under the ADA”; however the Fair Housing Act

does allow housing of these pets in otherwise restricted residential areas. The Public And Service Dogs There has been much controversy surrounding service dogs as an increasing number of fraudulent claims are made to pass pets as working animals. Business owners need to be aware that service dogs have the right to access public areas and that only certain questions may be asked to inquire about the dog. According to the ADA these include: Is the dog a service animal required because of a disability? What work or task has the dog been trained to perform? Unfortunately there is no nationally recognized designation for assistance animals causing miscommunication and conflict for some service dog owners and businesses. Service animals can be asked to leave a premises if the owner is unable to control their dog, or the dog is not house broken. It is important for the public to respect legitimate working animals and not to disturb owners when out in public. In some cases the dogs are used as a social buffer, whereas in others the dog is continuously working for the owner and should not be distracted from it’s job. Service dogs should wear a vest or cape to identify themselves and will often have a patch reading “DO NOT TOUCH” in order to prevent the public from interaction. It is also important to ensure that children are made aware of the role a service dog performs and to practice restraint around working animals. It is important to take individual needs and expectations into consideration before committing to the rigorous process of owning and training a service dog. Employing this aid helps decrease an individuals dependence on family, friends, and those around them, while increasing confidence and control. With the correct match, it can be an invaluable asset to a variety of people who would otherwise be limited.

Charlotte Wagner is a certified animal trainer and behavior consultant. She successfully completed her BS with honors from the University of Essex in England furthering her passion in training and behavior. She advocates that prevention, management, redirection, and training of alternate responses is key to training success. Charlotte currently owns and operates Duskland Training and Behavior in Warrenton and can be regularly seen at conformation dog shows, agility events, rally obedience trials, therapy visits, and community gatherings with one or more of her precious pets. 44

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Sharrows are coming to Warrenton! Bicycling is getting a little easier around town! The Town of Warrenton is installing Sharrow markings along Walker Drive and Lee Street Extended. Sharrows symbols thateasier are used to mark road are preferred Bicyclingare is getting a little around town! Thelanes Townthat of Warrenton is routes for cyclists.Sharrow Sharrows stand for “shared lanes”, the road is used by installing markings along Walker Drivemeaning and Lee Street Extended. both vehicles cyclists. by law considered and have Sharrows are and symbols that Bicycles are used are to mark road lanes that vehicles are preferred routes the right to use any road within the town unless otherwise posted. Roads for cyclists. Sharrows stand for “shared lanes”, meaning the road is used by with designated Sharrows are chosen toare highlight bicycle traffic so motorists can both vehicles and cyclists. Bicycles by law considered vehicles and have have a heightened cyclists encourage stay inwith the the right to use anyawareness road withinofthe townand unless otherwisecyclists posted.toRoads sharrow section of theare road. When are placed onsoroads with can street designated Sharrows chosen to Sharrows highlight bicycle traffic motorists parking, they encourage cyclists to ride aand safe distance cyclists away from carin doors. have a heightened awareness of cyclists encourage to stay the sharrow section of the road. When Sharrows are placed on roads with street parking, they encourage cyclists to ride a safe from car doors. When and where are Sharrows going todistance appearaway in Warrenton? The Sharrows pilot program will be implemented in Spring 2015 along Walker Drive and Lee Street When and where are Sharrows going to appear in Warrenton? Extended. The Sharrows pilot program will be implemented in Spring 2015 along Walker Drive and Lee Street Extended. Why were these streets chosen for the Pilot?

Sharrows are coming to Warrenton!

Walker Drive to Lee Street Extended displays features that are desirable for a sharrow, like low speed Whywide were these streets chosen for connectivity the Pilot? to other recreational facilities, and minimal limit, street width, good visibility, Walker Drive to Lee Street Extended displays features that are desirable for a sharrow, like low speed disruption to on-street parking. limit, wide street width, good visibility, connectivity to other recreational facilities, and minimal disruption to on-street parking.

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The Sharrows will be stenciled on to the roadway using an anti-skid weather tolerant paint. How are Sharrows implemented? The Sharrows will be stenciled on to the roadway using an anti-skid weather tolerant paint.

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s spring blushes over Northern Virginia, pulling everyone outside with the promise of warm-weather fun, you will probably find yourself walking, hiking, or cycling on the Warrenton Branch Greenway or one of the many local trails in and around town. While this month celebrates the 211th anniversary of the greatest trailblazers in American history – Lewis and Clark – we’re thinking of some more local hometown heroes who have blazed the trails we as a community enjoy. Twenty years ago, recreational staples like the Warrenton Branch Greenway and the WARF trail didn’t exist. It wasn’t until a largely citizen-led

initiative in the early 1990’s created awareness and action that the landscape began to change. In mid-1989, Norfolk Southern Railroad decided to close and remove the pre-Civil War railroad branch line between Calverton/Sanders Quarry and Warrenton. Noticing that an empty railroad track would make the perfect conversion into a pedestrian and cycling greenway (def. a corridor of open space for recreation or environmental protection), a group of Fauquier residents started meeting and promoting this idea. They were the first citizen-led volunteer group to advocate for greenways and trails in and around Warrenton.

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Now known as the Fauquier Trails Coalition, Inc. (FTCI), this premiere group was originally known as “Citizens for the Warrenton Branch.” Their initial vision focused solely on converting the railroad; a Rails-ToTrails-inspired project. It would be several years before another group would form solely for the purpose of trail advocacy. From the beginning, FTCI worked closely with Fauquier County Parks and Recreation and found a kindred spirit in Parks and Recreation Director, Larry Miller. The FTCI was active on several fronts. They held various events to raise money, went before the Town Council, and started conversations with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) – all to raise awareness, support, and action for the greenway proposal. Petitions and grant applications from a partnership of Parks and Recreation, the Town of Warrenton,

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and the FTCI started in 1993 to design and build the greenway from downtown Warrenton to Old Meetze road using the abandoned railroad line. With the support of several other groups, clubs, and government officials, the petition and grant were finally approved. The Warrenton Branch Greenway was finished in 1998. Since the construction of the Warrenton Branch Greenway, the Fauquier County Connections Plan, drawn up as a joint effort between the FTCI and Parks and Recreation, has been approved as part of the county’s larger Comprehensive Plan. A specific advisory group, the Pedestrian-Bicycle Greenway Advisory Committee (PBGAC) was also formed to be specifically responsible for implementing various aspects of the Connections Plan as well as advising Parks and Recreation. After a few years of stagnation between 2008 and 2013, momentum is again building with multiple projects in different stages of progress thanks to the efforts of countless community members and civil servants. The Greenway extension is on its way, as well as a stretching station and a more developed park area at the trailhead by the old train depot. Plans have been made to complete the trail loop around the WARF. The Timber Fence Trail behind Fauquier High School and down through the Silver Cup and Gold Cup neighborhoods is also in the final stages of working with the school board and looking for grants. Many years and numerous accomplishments later, the trails project has benefitted our community in not only building great amenities, but also in bringing it closer together. “In order to make a community, you got to contribute to it. You can’t just be a taker,” Ken Alm of the Planning Commission said. A member of both the FTCI and PBGAC, Mark Nesfeder decided to get involved with advocating for the trails and greenways when, after moving to Warrenton, he found himself wanting a place where he could run continuously for hours. While running on the snippets of trails surrounding town, he started thinking, “how can I 50

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us twelve years ago…when their kids were in strollers, and now both children and teenagers are running with us.” Lucy Edwards, age nine, has been running with the club for the past few weeks and likes running outside because she can talk to her mom, also a member, about her day at school and “you get to look at different things happening in nature.” The Warrenton Newcomers group also meets at the Greenway, Rady Park, and various other trails for their “Walk and Talk” and “Hikers, Bikers, and Roamers” activity groups. Faye Foster and Jan Vos started the group in 2004 when they were themselves newcomers and struggling with loneliness. They’ve since discovered Warrenton and found that they belonged to this community. Foster and her group appreciate

the history, safety, cleanliness and convenient doggie disposal bags found at the Greenway. And time could only tell of Kelly Tsouroutis and her dog Mario who walk the Greenway a couple times a week. “It’s a great trail and it’s huge. It’s clean and not crowded.” Michael Edelen who walks to the Greenway after work and enjoys the easy grade for his six mile run. “It’s a safe way to tune-out your mind because there’s no traffic.” And Ashley Hopkins, a counselor in Warrenton who prefers to have walking sessions with her clients, rather than sit inside. “It’s quiet and peaceful.” So, as the weather gets warmer, get outside Warrenton! Whether you’re a newcomer or born and raised here, there’s something for everyone to enjoy about our beautiful outdoor amenities. See some nature, have a run, find a friend. Let’s become a people of the trails.

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A long-standing community resource for health and wellness, The Natural Marketplace houses an organic deli and juice bar that creates honest dishes for health conscious Warrentonians. This specialty store cooks straight from the heart offering robust soups, fresh salads, artistic sandwiches and nourishing juices using ninety-five percent organic, fresh, whole, nutrient-filled foods. “We’ve made some changes in the deli to create a space that is more inviting for our take-out business,” owner Shelly Ross mentioned of the recent renovations. “We wanted to create an environment that was relaxing for people to sit and enjoy our information library while waiting for their food; we are really all about education.” Always fresh, organic and easy to personalize, their juices and smoothies are perfect for a grab-and-go treat. Thirteen juice combinations fill the menu with creations that energize, relieve, cleanse and boost. Try the No More Cravings juice with carrot, celery, apple, ginger and kale or spinach. Green juices are a customer favorite and begin with a base of cucumber, celery and/or green apple; guests can add ingredients like parsley, kale, spinach and romaine to taste. Smoothies here are packed with fruit (no ice added), starting with a

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choice of wrap. Don’t forget to check out their cold case, it’s always filled with gourmet sides like stuffed grape leaves, side salads, house-made dips, fruit salads, salsas, desserts and other treats. The Natural Marketplace is located at 5 Diagonal Street and open seven days a week: Monday through Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm, Saturday 9:00am to 4:00pm and Sunday 11:00am to 3:00pm. All menu items are available for carry out and orders can be placed over the phone and ready for pick up. They also offer catering options for get-togethers, meetings and parties. For more information on the deli or for a resource in health and wellness please visit their website at www. thenaturalmarketplace.com or give them a call at (540) 349-4110.

The restaurants that appear in this section are chosen by Warrenton Lifestyle Magazine (WLM) food fanatics. We visit the establishments and pay for our own meals and drinks. Listings are chosen at the discretion of the editors. WLM does not accept compensation for listing events or venues. MAY 2015


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

Airlie Garden Bistro

(877) 988-7541 • 6809 Airlie Road •www.airlie.com

Enjoy modern Virginian cuisine centered on locally sourced and sustainable ingredients in an upscale setting. Menus include sophisticated dishes that honor the labor of love and sustainable practices of local farmers. Seasonal cocktails, local wine, and Virginia craft beers complement the menu at The Garden Bistro and allow for a true taste of The Old Dominion State. Open for Sunday brunch from 10:30 to 2:30 and dinner Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar

(540) 341-2044 •105 W Lee Highway •www.applebees.com

Black Bear Bistro

(540) 428-1005 • 2/34 Main Street • www.blackbearbistro.com

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.

The Brick at Black Bear Bistro (540) 216-3940 • 34 Main Street

Carousel Frozen Treats

(540) 351-0004 •346 Waterloo Street www.carouselfrozentreats.com

Soft-serve ice cream, milkshakes, fried-oreo’s, smoothies, hot dogs, sliders, grilled cheese and boardwalk fries.


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China Jade

(540) 349-1382 • 275 W. Lee Highway • Authentic Chinese, Thai, Fusion, and Seafood cuisine. Offer lunch buffet everyday. Feature China Jade specialties and Kid’s menu (includes chicken wings and grilled cheese). Casual dress.

China Restaurant

(540) 351-0580 • 589 Frost Avenue • www.chinarestaurantva.com

Authentic Chinese cuisine. All you can eat buffet Saturday 11am to 3pm, Sunday noon to 3pm. Dine in, carry out, or free delivery available ($15 minimum and within 5 mile radius).

Offering wood-fired brick oven pizzas, Italian inspired appetizers and desserts.

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(540) 347-3199 • 34 Broadview Avenue •www.bk.com

Casual yet elegant restaurant offering locally inspired seasonal American cuisine. The service is as first rate as the food. Open for lunch and dinner and brunch on Sundays. Broad wine list and craft beers available.

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Restaurant offering authentic Italian pasta, seafood, appetizers, and desserts. Breakfast served in the morning. Lunch offers sandwiches, pasta, and more. Dinner usually requires reservation and is only available Thursday thru Saturday. Dine-in or takeout. Casual dress.

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(540) 349-9120 • 623 Frost Avenue • www.countrycookin.com (540) 351-6155 • 7168 Lineweaver Road •www.covertcafe.com

Serving up home-style, hot and cold sandwiches, soups, sweets like gobs and muffins, and side items like potato and macaroni salad.


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Domino’s Pizza

(540) 347-0001 • 81 W Lee Highway •www.dominos.com

El Agave

(540) 351-0011 • 251 W Lee Highway • www.el-agave.com

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 take-out.

El Toro

(540) 341-0126 • 86 Broadview Avenue

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. Dine-in or take-out.

Faang Thai Restaurant & Bar

(540) 341-8800 • 251 W Lee Highway #177

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 Drive www.fauquiersprings.com

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.

Five Guy’s Restaurant

(540) 878-2066 • 6441 Lee Highway www.fiveguys.com

Foster’s Grille

(540) 349-5776 • 20 Broadview Avenue www.fostersgrille.com

Burgers, French fries, hot dogs, grilled chicken sandwiches, milkshakes, wings, and salads. Daily specials. Patio seating available.


(540) 428-1999 • 73 Main Street

Offering gourmet coffee, breakfast, and a vaiet of deli sandwiches, salads, subs and pitas for take out. Daily specials. Recommended to call orders in.

Frost Diner

(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 Street www.warrentonbread.com

Loaves of bread handcrafted using whole grain wheat grown on family farms and ground daily in the bakery. Sandwiches, muffins and a coffee bar.

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A cafe serving a wide selection of fresh and organic foods like stacked sandwiches, fruit smoothies, salads and more.

Authentic Chinese restaurant offering a large buffet selection of sushi, soups, and meats.

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IHOP Restaurant

(540) 428-1820 • 6445 Lee Highway www.ihop.com

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(540) 347-3900 • 200 Broadview Avenue www.kfc.com

Chef Kenneth Hughes returns to Poplar Springs to lead the Manor House Restaurant’s culinary team. Classically trained, Chef Hughes blends “old world table” cuisine together with an emphasis on fresh food from raw and artisanal local sources. Enjoy the new à la carte selections for lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch. And they do so in an ambience that is elegant, yet unpretentious: a fieldstone manor house with stained glass windows, a soaring fireplace, a richly appointed bar, and a terrace overlooking a quiet rural countryside.

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Joe & Vinnie’s

(540) 347-0022 • 385 Shirley Highway www.joeandvinniespizza.net

Family owned pizzeria, open for 21 years. Offers pizza, subs, pastas, and seafood. Daily lunch specials. Pizza available by the slice.

KFC/Long John Silver

(540) 341-8580 8504 Fletcher Drive www.ledopizza.com

Never cutting corners this pizza, sub and pasta shop serves many Italian favorites. Known for their large square pizzas, Ledos also carries fresh salads, calzones, shareable appetizers and sandwich combos. Casual attire.

Little Caesars

251 West Lee Hwy 668 • www.littlecaesars.com

LongHorn Steakhouse

(540) 341-0392 • 505 Fletcher Drive www.longhornsteakhouse.com

(540) 347-7888 •351 Broadview Avenue

McMahon’s Irish Pub & Restaurant (540) 347-7200 • 380 Broadview Avenue www.mcmahonsirishpub.com

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.

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Mojitos & Tapas


(540) 349-8833 • 251 W Lee Highway #157 www.mojitosandtapas.com

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.

540 349-2330

Molly’s Irish Pub

(540) 349-5300 • 36 Main Street www.mollysirishpub.com

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.

The Natural Marketplace (540)349-4111 • 5 Diagonal Street

Organic Deli offering traditional sandwiches, soups, salads and desserts. Choices also include vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, soy-free and dairyfree selections. All organic fruit and fresh vegetable juices. Take-out and catering available.

Northside 29

(540)347-3704 •5037 Lee Highway

Comfort food at its best. Featuring Greek/American specialities this restaurant is family owned and operated. Banquet room available.

Osaka Japanese Steakhouse

147 W. Shirley Ave., Warrenton


(Next to Fire Station)


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Sunny Hills American Grill 79 Main Street • (540) 351-0550

(540) 349-5050 • 139 W Lee Highway

Restaurant conveniently located on Main Street. Offer breakfast until 10:30 am, and burgers, wings, entrees and more for lunch and dinner. Check out their soup du jour as well.

Outback Steakhouse


Panera Bread

Authentic hand-tossed New York style pizza. Dough made fresh daily on premise. Family owned and operated since 1974 - three generations. Voted Best Pizza in 2012.

Japanese steakhouse serving Hibachi style chicken, steak, shrimp, fish and sushi. Sushi available for take out. Fun, family environment.

(540) 349-0457 • 6419 Lee Highway •www.outback.com (540) 341-4362 •251 W Lee Highway •www.panerabread.com

Papa John’s Pizza

(540) 349-7172 • 322 W Lee Hwy •www.papajohns.com

Pizza Hut

(540) 347-5444 • 95 Broadview Avenue • www.pizzahut.com


(540) 349-7171 • 251 W Lee Highway •www.pizzarama.com

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.

Red Truck Bakery

(540) 347-2224 • 22 Waterloo Street • www.redtruckbakery.com

Bakery located in Old Town Warrenton next to the Old Jail Museum. Serving fresh pies, quiches, breads, cakes, and coffees daily. Online ordering available.

(540) 347-9669/9666 • 5063 Lee Highway

Sweet Frog

(540)359-6401 • 488 Fletcher Drive •www.sweetfrogyogurt.com

A self serve frozen yogurt shop, serving all natural frozen yogurt with a toppings bar that is full of sweet treats to customize your creation.

Taco Bell

(540) 341-4206 • 316 W Lee Hwy •www.tacobell.com

Tippy’s Taco House

(540) 349-2330 • 147 W Shirley Avenue • www.tippystacohouse.com

Mexican restaurant offering different quality specials everyday. Menu offers tacos, burritos, quesadillas, desserts and more. Dine-in or take-out. Open for Breakfast at 7am. Casual dress.

Top’s China Restaurant

(540) 349-2828 • 185 W Lee Highway

Asian restaurant serving authentic Chinese food. Daily specials and combos available. Dine-in or take-out.

Red, Hot & Blue

Tropical Smoothie Café

Renee’s Gourmet To Go

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.

(540) 349-7100 8 360 Broadview Avenue • www.redhotandblue.com (540) 347-2935 • 15 S Third Street

Gourmet sandwiches, soups, salads and sweets. Open for lunch only. Limited patio seating or grab-and-go 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.

Ruby Tuesday

(540) 341-4912 • 74 Blackwell Park Ln • www.rubytuesday.com

Sibby’s Restaurant & Lounge

(540) 428-1818 • 251 W Lee Hwy #679 •www.tropicalsmoothiecafe.com

Vocelli Pizza

(540) 349-5031 •484 Blackwell Road •www.vocellipizza.com

Waterloo Café

(540) 349-8118 • 352 Waterloo Street

Asian food available for dine-in, take-out, or delivery. Wide range of dishes available to order. Dishes served with a side of white rice. Casual dress.

(540) 347-3764 •11 S. 2nd Street • www.sibbysbbq.com



Yen Cheng

Catering - Banquet Room. Home of Boss Hawg BBQ

(540) 349-0950 • 41 W Lee Hwy #53 • 102 Broadview Ave www.subway.com


(540) 347-5528 • 281 Broadview Avenue • www.wendys.com (540) 347-4355 • 294 W Lee Highway www.yencheng.com

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.

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MAY 2015



Join Nurturing Growth and Families4Fauquier for Exploration Days at Seven Oaks Lavender Farm, May 23 at 11:20 am! Join a farm walk, explore nature, plant a seed to take home, sing, dance and spend the day outside with friends! To reserve your spot, contact families4fauquier@gmail.com. Visit www. nurturinggrowth.org/events for more information.


Fauquier County Parks and Recreation invites the public to Fiesta Fauquier! at the Northern Community Park on May 3rd from 1-4pm. Celebrate Cinco DeMayo and the Spring Season! The Fiesta will feature Mexican Folk Dancers, a moonbounce, children’s crafts with Families4Fauquier, food vendors, including Snowie Bus and Tailgaters Toby’s BBQ and the Marshall fire truck. 4155 Monroe Parkway, Marshall. Free fun for the whole family!


The Town of Warrenton Parks and Recreation has lined up Summer Movies at Eva Walker Park. Spongebob will show on May 22nd starting at 8:45pm. Stop by and see Families4Fauquier. We will be handing out Popsicles before the movie. Please visit our community calendar for a full listing of movies and dates.


NOW registering Summer Camps and Vacation Bible Schools on our website. Please send us a pdf of the program details so that we can get your information posted to our website as soon as possible. We will make announcements in the order in which they are received so do not delay! Send them today to Families4fauquier@gmail.com. You can view our camps/ vbs page at www.families4fauquier.com/Summer-Camps.html. Submission should be sent before the May 30th deadline.

Join our mailing list or become a Charter Member and get involved today! Families 4 Fauquier is your link to family resources in Fauquier County and beyond. F4F is committed to strengthening and enriching the lives of children and families that live right here in our own community. For additional information about joining our membership program, receiving our monthly community newsletter or any of the events listed above please visit our website at www.families4fauquier.com or email us at info@families4fauquier.com.

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SCHEDULE YOUR 3D MAMMOGRAPHY TODAY 3D mammography is an advanced, clinically proven technology designed for early breast cancer detection. During the 3D mammogram, multiple projections create a 3D image of your breast tissue. Your radiologist can see breast abnormalities in a way never before possible. Fauquier Hospital is the only facility in the region to have the new low-dose technology available for 3D mammography; using the same radiation dose as a 2D mammogram. Research studies show that 3D mammography reduces callbacks for additional imaging by up to 16% and increases cancer detection by up to 40%. Talk to your doctor about whether 3D mammography is right for you.

Once you have a physician’s order, please call (540) 316-5800 to schedule your mammogram appointment.