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editoriAl & Advertising oFFice: Open 8:00 am to 5:30 pm, Monday to Friday 404 Belle Air Lane, Warrenton, VA 20186 The Warrenton Lifestyle Magazine is published monthly and distributed to over 11,000 selected addresses. While reasonable care is taken with all material submitted to The Warrenton Lifestyle Magazine, the publisher cannot accept responsibility for loss or damage to any such material. Opinions expressed in articles are strictly those of the authors. While ensuring that all published information is accurate, the publisher cannot be held responsible for any mistakes or omissions. Reproduction in whole or part of any of the text, illustration or photograph is strictly forbidden. ©2015 Piedmont Press & Graphics The Warrenton Lifestyle Magazine

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2015 Contributing Writers: Marianne Clyde Dave Colleran Louis Ginesi Dominguez Robin Earl Debbie Eisele Rebekah Grier Ann Harman Steve Herholtz Jim Hollingshead

Dr. Robert Iadeluca Andreas Keller Michelle Kelley Danica Low Crystal McKinsey Sallie Morgan Holly Moriarty Krysta Norman AImée O’Grady

Rachel Pierce George Rowand Nicolas Sicina Jocelyn Sladen Tony Tedeschi John Toler Charlotte Wagner

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Local Happenings for Families

Honoring Our Veterans Louis Dominguez Forest Bathing Andreas A. Keller

A Visit to the Conway Robinson Memorial State Forest

A Day in the Life of… Aimée O’Grady A Warrenton Police Officer

Oliver! Jake Miller Leads Rebekah Grier Please, Sir, He Wants Some More

Gobbling It Up Liz Straight

How to make the most of your Thanksgiving bird

Discovered History John T. Toler Genealogical Research Uncovers Many Treasures Happy & Healthy Dr. Kimberly Pham

Is It Me or My Hormones?

What’s Up With Windows 10 Klaus Fuechsel A Review of the New Microsoft OS

Piedmont Symphony Orchestra Constance Lyons Beginning its third decade with a Big Bang

A Chat with PSO Musical Director Glenn Quadar Jill Morris A Look at Athey Fields Danica Low

Community Support Drives Warrenton’s Sports Complex

What’s Up Warrenton Local Happenings

The Barns of Fauquier Chris Primi Part 1 - Landmarks of History and Beauty

Barking Mad Charlotte Wagner Canine Vocalization

Fauquier Health Adds Open MRI A Taste of Warrenton Restaurant Guide Lifting Your Spirits Steve Oviatt Three Fox Vineyards

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Publisher Sentimental and Grateful — All Year Long Here come the holidays and, in the spirit of the time, I’ve taken a moment to reflect upon how much I am grateful for residing and working in Warrenton. We get to live in one of the best small towns in America. It is clean, it is safe, and we do not have the economic hardships on par with much of the rest of the nation. We have beautiful scenery thanks to being surrounded by so much protected open space in Fauquier County. Warrenton has a sense of history. Our people are committed to servitude. Our diversity is growing. The fragile, small business community is working hard to give us a unique charm and extraordinary shopping experiences. Personal service is our trademark. This November, we mark the 28th anniversary of our parent company, TR Press, which owns Piedmont Press & Graphics and our Lifestyle publications. Our humble start began in two rooms where J & D Handyman was recently located with two old copiers and a Mac Classic with Pagemaker 1.0. Over the years, our company has grown into a local print industry leader and diversified into publications, signs, design and consulting. Holly and I are grateful that our company is still healthy and vital to the community as we head toward 2016. We love what we do. Reflecting back at where we were some 27 years ago, our print shop was in a little corner of business condos on north Fifth Street at Horner. It was probably 800 square feet of space with four of us and our equipment crammed in there. Next door was Karate Sports Academy in their small studio. Grandmaster Ron Jenkins came every day after working at Giant and I remember Master Carolyn Jenkins there as well, pregnant with Kirk, toting young daughter, Nikki. A few doors down was Scott Keithley and Leading Edge Screen Printing toiling night and day to make a living selling quality shirts and accessories. Looking back at those moments is a cause for celebration today. Today, all three of us are still here, operating our family-owned businesses. We’ve invested heavily in our local operations with Scott and I constructing buildings off of Walker Drive. The Jenkins family took over a large space on the bypass near Oak View Bank. Together, our companies now employ dozens of local people. We pay our share of taxes and generously support local charitable and service organizations. I continue to be inspired by the hard work of the Jenkins and Keithleys as we each work towards almost three decades in business. None of us could have done it without your support. Please consider doing more of your holiday shopping in Warrenton and Fauquier County. The economic impact of this cannot be overstated because of the dramatic ripple effect you will create. Seek out the small, independently-owned-and-operated stores. I promise you will have a good time, enjoying personal service, reveling in the Warrenton holiday spirit and discovering our array of fine-dining establishments. Plus, you can enjoy the holiday entertainment that abounds this time of year. I wish to thank all of you for reading and/or advertising in our publication each month. We are continuing to expand our mailed circulation – delivering almost 12,000 free magazines to homes and businesses in and around Warrenton. Finally, I wish to thank all of those that contribute each month – the writers, photographers, ad reps, and editor as well as the production team here at Piedmont Press & Graphics. With many thanks,

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Wounded Warriors Candy & Card Project November 4th from 5pm - 8:45pm @ the WARF

Bring your extra Halloween candy and come help spread Christmas cheer to the Wounded Warriors at Walter Reed Medical Center. We will make cards, crafts and fill candy containers. Candy donations, blank Christmas cards and stamps are greatly appreciated.

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Fauquier County Preschool & Family Resource Fair Saturday, November 21st, from 11am - 1pm Warrenton Community Center | 430 East Shirley Avenue, Warrenton

Come meet and gather information from local preschools, private schools and family-friendly organizations all under one roof. Each family will receive a bag with a printed directory while supplies last. We will also have door prizes, child ID cards, Leonidas the Owl Mascot, the Fauquier Fox, light snacks, crafts and more! For additional information please email: families4fauquier@gmail.com

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There are more than 800,000 military veterans living in Virginia. Their ages range from twenty-years-old to ninetysix-years-old and they are all U.S. Armed Forces Veterans. Many are suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), while others were seriously wounded and are facing a long and painful recovery. Some lost a limb or two fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. Most of these are young men. In addition, tens of thousands are afflicted with all manner of diseases and conditions that resulted from exposure to Agent Orange in Vietnam. There are also many disabled veterans from the war in Korea and some from World War II as well as veterans from smaller wars like the Panama invasion and other covert operations like those in Central America. Millions of Americans have served in the U.S. Army. Most are foot soldiers that have fought in all the United States’ wars around the world — and have suffered the most casualties. U.S. Army veterans include Special Forces, paratroopers, and other specialized units. The majority of living veterans are from the U.S. Army. Combatants or not, they served with great courage and distinction. Other courageous veterans include those that fight from the sky — members of the U.S. Air Force. They fly dangerous air strikes in the heat of battle to support ground troops and destroy enemy installations like ammo and fuel depots. They also transport troops and supplies to the front lines. They are heroes. And who can forget the contributions of the U.S. Navy. They operate and fight on and from a variety of vessels such as destroyers and aircraft carriers. And then, there are the hidden heroes that man the submarine fleet. In recent years, the Navy has also been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan for disarming roadside bombs with specialized EOD teams (explosive ordnance disposal). The U.S. Coast Guard is another less-talked-about group of sea-fighters that keep contraband out of America. Many Coast Guard veterans have also served in war zones around the world. Finally, there is the elite fighting force that has been serving with great courage and distinction since the Revolutionary War — the U.S. Marines. For more than 200 years, the Marines have been at the front of every battle that America has fought. Marines survivors from these wars have earned the respect and admiration of every Warrenton Lifestyle

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FOREST BATHING A visit to the Conway Robinson Memorial State Forest by Andreas Keller

“Forest bathing” in Japan means a short and leisurely visit to a forest for relaxation and recreation as part of a good lifestyle. To enjoy forest bathing nearby we only have to visit one of our beautifully-cared-for state forests, the Conway Robinson Memorial State Forest located near Manassas National Battlefield Park on Route 29 just east of Heathcote Boulevard. Named after a distinguished 19thcentury Virginian lawyer, historian, and author who argued approximately 100 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, the Conway Robinson State Forest serves as a forest research and educational site and is available from dawn to dusk for hiking, biking, and horseback riding. A plaque at the trailhead speaks of the astonishing achievements and contributions of Conway Robinson. At the entrance of the 444-acre forest of mostly pines and old-growth hardwoods, is the Conway Robinson pavilion constructed in the 1930s 12

by the Civilian Conservation Corp, which also planted the surrounding “Penny Pines” — loblollies bought by the public as a war-relief fundraiser during World War II. There is still a plaque dedicated by the Daughters of the American Revolution which commemorates this program. This forest park features 5.1 miles of wellmaintained hiking trails suitable for all ages. Walking on these gentle trails offers not only a welcome reprieve from all the surrounding hustle and bustle of northern Virginia, but also a little taste of history as well. The observant hiker can see an unfinished railroad bed of the Manassas Gap Railroad planned in 1850 with work halted in 1858 due to lack of funding. During the Second Battle of Manassas, Stonewall Jackson’s forces used the railroad bed as cover and successfully withstood attacks from Union forces, giving Robert E. Lee time to move his men in position and launch his attack which

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forest and its wildlife. When the property was given to the State in 1938, it was half forested and half open land. Every 10 years, the Virginia Department of Forestry reevaluates its forests and creates new management plans for the next decade. These plans are designed to help improve, maintain, and enhance various aspects of the forest, such as wildlife habitat, natural beauty, timber income, etc. The State Forests of Virginia are self-supporting and receive no taxpayer funding. Operating funds are generated from the sale of forest products and up to 25 percent of the revenue received from the sale

of forest products is returned to the counties in which the forests are located. To encourage people to get out in nature, walk, and indeed forest bathe, the Warrenton Hiking Club “Boots ’n Beer” is offering a free Hiking Clinic the third Saturday of every month. Everyone is welcome! Our next Hiking Clinic is offered at the Conway Robinson Pavilion on November 21, 2015 at 10 am. Interested parties can sign up at the Meetup site for Boots ’n Beer. You can log on at meetup.com/ Boots-n-Beer-A-Drinking-Club-witha-Hiking-Problem.

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A DAY IN THE LIFE OF... A Warrenton Police Officer by Aimée O’Grady

“Whenever a call comes in I can feel my adrenaline rise. It can be something as simple as a traffic stop, but since I never know what to expect, my heart begins to race,” Officer Jackson explained as we began patrol. Throughout Warrenton, the law enforcement officials, even in plain

clothes, wear their weapons, ready to assist whenever necessary. In October, I took advantage of the Warrenton Police Department ridealong program available to all residents. I was paired with Officer Fawntella Jackson, Warrenton’s only female officer in the agency. Officer Jackson

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is somewhat of an anomaly since she accepted this opportunity only just five years ago, at age 37. Jackson was anxious to begin her career as a police officer. Although she earned a degree in criminal justice while in college, she spent time as a realtor and in the medical field prior to moving into her current position. And she’s happy to be with the Warrenton department. “Chief Battle has our backs,” she says. “He has seen everything at larger agencies and will go to bat for his officers. I am very grateful for him.” Every morning, Officer Jackson puts on her bulletproof vest under her uniform and wears a belt with a Glock firearm, Taser, magazines, handcuffs, and hygienic gloves and spends her day patrolling the 4-square miles that make up the Town of Warrenton. She doesn’t adhere to a predetermined route, but rather makes her way through town, doing premises checks at places like Walmart and Rady Park and patrolling residential neighborhoods alert to any suspicious activities. As a woman in a male-dominated environment, Officer Jackson has to have thick skin. Some officers don’t believe a woman should be in police work. Jackson also understands that she isn’t the strongest officer in the department. She knows she won’t be able to tackle a combative man who stands at 6’3.” But her training has prepared to use the tools on her belt to take that person down should the situation demand it. Jackson was instrumental in helping the department receive its reaccreditation. This is significant because only a quarter of the Virginia’s 400-plus police agencies are accredited. The agency has held this accreditation since 2007. The Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Department found the agency to be 100% in compliance with the 190 program standards. During her regular patrol, Officer Jackson’s cruiser serves as a fullyfunctioning office complete with laptop and printer. Even so, Jackson enjoys getting in face time whenever possible. For example, she and dispatch operator, Karen Smallwood, spent some time discussing the outcome of a recent event. Warrenton Lifestyle

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Her cruiser is equipped with leading-edge technology to capture data used against subjects who are apprehended. The data is also critical for reaccreditation. Downloading begins as she moves within a certain range of the station. All of her equipment is automatically downloaded to servers and stored for future reference. The majority of Jackson’s equipment is stored in the trunk of her cruiser. This includes her M4 carbine, an assault rifle also used by the US Air Force, and her “To Go” bag which holds her shield, helmet and two gas masks. These items are used in situations where a perimeter needs to be established because of an active shooter. Whenever she leaves the cruiser for foot patrol, she “marks out,” or informs dispatch, that she will not be in her cruiser. Jackson once had to mark out to pursue an armed individual through woods. Whether on foot or in the cruiser, Jackson says “the number one goal is to go home. The number two goal, is to have everyone else in a situation go home, too.” Her team, including the dispatchers, ensures her safety. They make scheduled status checks to confirm that Jackson is not in trouble or in need of backup. Jackson has had her share of intense experiences while policing in Warrenton. In October 2014, Jackson was one of the officers on the scene during the 17-hour standoff with active shooter Joshua Simpson on Alexandria Turnpike. She was part of the second perimeter, with Fauquier Deputies holding the first line, Virginia State police around the house, and a negotiator. The stand-off went on for so long they needed to rotate officers to provide breaks. “That situation was difficult because of the size of our department. With a limited number of officers, it was challenging to rotate to ensure everyone was at their peak performance for the situation at hand,” she explained.


Occasionally, incidents are called in that sound threatening but end up being only misunderstandings. Jackson related the details of one such episode: “A man in the Walmart parking lot was called in because he had a large rifle,” Jackson recalled. “Everyone moved in expecting the worst, when he was simply rearranging things in his vehicle and pulled out a rifle. He didn’t make the best decision, but he wasn’t doing anything illegal.” During my ride-along, Officer Jackson made a stop at the Adult Detention Center (ADC) to collect fingerprint documents. She entered the ADC via an alley-port, where she secured her weapon in a gun safe that looked like a gym locker. “No weapons are permitted in the ADC,” Jackson explained. “If I had a subject with me, I would wait for the door to close and then lock my Glock. I wouldn’t want an incident to occur after I had locked up my weapon.” After leaving the ADC, Jackson continued her patrol with me alongside her in the passenger seat. She saw Judge Ashwell walking up Waterloo Street. When Officer Jackson pulled over to say hello, the judge teasingly picked up his pace as if to run away. This simple display of camaraderie between a local judge and Officer Jackson demonstrates the conviviality among Warrenton’s law officials. Jackson explained that during her time as a Field Training Officer, she was told “that it doesn’t do any good to get upset with the outcome in court. It won’t change a thing. At least I was able to remove an individual from the street for one night. Maybe I kept someone from getting hit, or someone under the influence from getting behind the wheel.” This positive attitude deepens Jackson’s bond with other law officials because she realizes that everyone is doing their very best to keep Warrenton safe. Later in her patrol, Jackson received a call that someone had been watching the Lady in Black, a homeless woman who makes her way through Warrenton wearing a burka. The caller was concerned that the Lady in Black’s safety may be in jeopardy. Officer Jackson proceeded to ensure she was safe and that no one was threatening her. Once the scene was secure and Jackson knew the person observing her was no threat, she set out on foot to engage the woman in conversation. She asked to see her

ID, and although the Lady in Black was uncomfortable with the situation, she obliged and provided it. “It’s not illegal to be homeless. She has money and is able to care for herself,” Jackson explained. “I just need to make sure she is safe.” After she was satisfied that the Lady in Black was safe, Officer Jackson helped fellow officers with a fender-bender accident at the intersection of Route 17 and Broadview Avenue. During that call, she helped escort the vehicles involved to the Circle K and obtained the drivers’ identification and insurance information. Whether Jackson is securing the second perimeter at the scene of an active-shooter stand-off or ensuring the safety of one of Warrenton’s homeless residents, she is simply doing the job she swore to do. An analogy commonly used among law enforcement officials is referring to residents as sheep, the subjects as wolves, and themselves as the sheepdogs; ensuring the sheep are always protected. Although the policing subculture is found in every city and town with an agency, officers are ordinary citizens who take an oath to defend. The people in this noble profession are individuals who want to go home at the end of each day, who enjoy playful interaction with coworkers, and are committed to the safety and security of the town they call home.

Aimée O’Grady is a freelance writer who lives in Warrenton with her husband and their three children.

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For Jake, rehearsals mean very full weeks. Tuesday through Friday he leaves directly after school to drive into D.C. for rehearsal from 3pm to 6pm. On Saturday and Sunday, Jake must be at rehearsal all day from 10am to 6pm. When asked if after a week of this schedule he was tired, Jake replied, “Not really, it was actually fun!” With that kind of schedule, how does homework get done? “I do it. I don’t care how long it takes, I will finish it. If I don’t do my homework, I just can’t do anything else until I finish it.” About his feelings walking into the first day of rehearsal, Jake said without hesitation, “I was nervicited. I was nervous and excited at the same time.” But he loved meeting the other actors for the first time, especially the other children closer to his age. “It was good getting to know people so you know how they’re going to be and if you’re going to like them or not.” Jake’s last role was the only child among all adults. “There was no one to really interact with, I was by myself.” So far, Jake’s favorite person on the cast is 22

Eleasha Gamble, playing Nancy. “She was the first one I ever met in the cast, so I’ve had more experience on stage with her.” Jake’s father, Jim Miller, described how Oliver! is so much different than other productions where Jake has been cast. Rehearsals include incrementally breaking down each aspect and studying it individually. There’s dialect class, fight scene choreography, dance choreography, music, and table work. Sometimes they even throw in a little improv just to challenge actors on what their character would do in any given situation. Jake even has his own “childwrangler” while at rehearsals to keep him on task. Table work periods, where the cast reads a scene and then discusses it, is a part of rehearsal that Jake particularly enjoys. “I like it because it actually helps you know it better, get what the character’s purposes are,” Jake said. Jake also likes practicing through the musical score, ‘Where is Love’ being his favorite song. In the story, Jake’s character, Oliver, begins singing ‘Where

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How to make the most of your Thanksgiving bird by Liz Straight

Ever since we began farming in 2009, my husband, Jesse, and I have been learning to make the most of every animal we raise. This means that we want to get as much food as we can out of each animal, and make that food as tasty and nutritious as we possibly can. Somewhere along the line, Thanksgiving food became the ultimate project for us, providing me with many opportunities to showcase the meat and eggs that Jesse works so hard to raise, and many challenging new ways to use some of the lesser known “tidbits” of the animals. The first part of the feast to tackle was, of course, the turkey. Our birds eat a diet of non-GMO grains, grass, and bugs. We move them on to fresh pasture every day, in order to keep their living area clean and their field buffet fresh. This produces a slightly leaner, more firm and flavorful bird. How could I keep the breast meat moist and tender while still cooking the rest of the turkey to a safe temperature? Through trial and error, the input of family and friends, and the writings of trusted farmer-cooks such as Shannon Hayes (theradicalhomemaker.net), I have learned that the most important tool to have on hand when cooking the turkey (or any other pastured or grassfed meat for that matter) is a meat thermometer. As long as the breast comes out of the oven when it reaches 165 degrees, you pretty much can’t go 26

wrong. The legs and thighs need to reach 165 degrees too, and sometimes take longer to get to that temperature than the breast does. If that is the case, I simply carve the legs and/or thighs right off of the turkey, place them in a clean roasting pan or pyrex dish, and pop them back in the oven to finish cooking while I carve the breast, remove the wings, and pull the

flavorful nuggets of meat off the back. It interferes with a Normal Rockwellstyle presentation of the whole bird, but a tantalizing platter of carved portions of meat is as equally crowdpleasing in my experience! When we began raising turkeys, I made a priority of learning to make giblet gravy from the turkey’s liver, heart and neck meat. These are

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Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Set turkey in large roasting pan, breast side up. Insert vegetables, herbs, and garlic into cavity. Melt butter and pour over skin. Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. Roast for 8-10 minutes per pound, until internal temperature of breast is 165 degrees. Check internal temperature of legs at that point. If leg meat is not 165 degrees when breast meat is done, you may carve off legs and put them back into the oven to cook longer.

powerhouses in terms of nutritional value and add a rich flavor and texture to your gravy. The skin is also one of the most nutritious parts of a pastured turkey, with its thin layer of fat beneath. So cast out all guilt at picking the crispy, salted bits of skin from around the edges of the platter when no one is looking, and unabashedly serve wings, drumsticks, and slices of breast with the skin still attached. Once the feast is over, the leftover turkey and even the pile of bones can be intimidating to any weary, fullbellied hosts. But just a little more time in the kitchen (or even around the dining room table, china and cloth removed) that very night can yield a bountiful harvest that allows the Thanksgiving main course to keep on giving well into the holiday season. Why not pass around cutting boards, knives, and quart-sized storage bags to a few willing guests and get every last scrap of meat sliced, diced, and stored before everyone heads home? Then you can send people away with a parting gift of turkey-to-go or stock your own freezer. One quart is just about right for most soup, casserole, or salad recipes, and turkey can easily substitute for chicken in almost every recipe. It hardly seems possible, but there is still more nourishment to be 28

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Giblet Gravy 1 turkey neck, heart, and liver (detached and inside the cavity) 3 c. chicken or turkey broth

before turning in. In the morning, the house smells incredible and everybody is ready to eat turkey all over again, this time as a satisfying soup. If you’re not ready for round two of turkey right away, the broth can be strained, cooled and stored in the freezer. You can use it in place of chicken broth for soups and sauces in the weeks to come. It seems that one of the best ways to be grateful for what we have this Thanksgiving “would be to literally make the most of it.” Whether that means helping out in the kitchen to keep leftovers from going to waste, giving real time and attention to our family and friends around the table, or simply savoring the fare and giving compliments to the chef. Here’s to giving thanks in many ways. Liz Straight is the matriarch of Whiffletree Farm on Springs Road, where she, her husband Jesse, and their amazing team sustainably raise and sell chicken, eggs, turkey, pork, and beef among a variety of other locally-sourced items. Learn more about who the are and what they sell at whiffletreefarmva.com


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Place a saucepan over medium-high heat, add 2 tbsps. butter and coat pan. Blot neck and giblets dry, then put in the pan with one inch of space around each so they can brown well. Sear each for 2-3 min. per side. Pour broth into pan with all giblets. Cover, bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 40 min. Remove giblets from broth and allow to cool, reserving broth. When cool, remove any gristle and bones from giblets and finely dice. When the turkey is finished roasting, pour off and reserve the pan juices. Then place the roasting pan over 1 or 2 burners on stovetop and heat on medium. Add 2 tbsps. butter to pan and, once it melts and bubbles, whisk in the flour to make a roux. Continue to whisk 1-2 minutes more—until the thin paste is browned. Slowly whisk in pan juices and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and allow to simmer until thickened (about 5 minutes), stirring often and scraping up bits from bottom of pan. Add 1 cup of broth from cooking giblets and simmer until reduced by one third. Stir in diced giblets and enough broth to reach your desired consistency. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

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Families that haven’t spent much time researching their ancestry rarely know much about their forebears farther back than their great-grandparents. Those who are interested in tracing their roots have many new resources, but nothing can take the place of commitment and a measure of tenacity, since genealogical research is always a work in progress. An example of this process involves the family of Mrs. Joan P. Caton Anthony, who has called Warrenton home since moving here from Northern Virginia with her late husband, Robert, in 2004. A former federal administrative judge, Mrs. Anthony retired in June 2014 after 34 years of government service. She is known locally as a member of the town’s Board of Zoning Appeals, as a Eucharistic Minister for St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, a member of the Cedar Run Garden Club, and the Fauquier Court House Chapter of the National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution. Mrs. Anthony’s brother, Joseph R. Caton Jr., an attorney living in Hudson, Wisconsin, is the “family genealogist.” 30

Mrs. Joan Caton Anthony, of Warrenton, holds a copy of the family coat-of-arms dating back to the 15th century. The motto, Cautus matuit foveam lupus, translates as,‘The cautious wolf avoids the snares.’

Over the past 40 years, he has traced the Caton line in England as far back as the Norman Conquest (1066), and also learned that Catons fought in King Richard Lion Heart’s Third Crusade (1189-1192), and as archers at the Battle of Agincourt (1415), under King Henry V. The first Catons came to the colonies in the early 1700s, settling first in Delaware, and later moving south to Virginia. Counting the current youngest generation, the Caton family has been in America for 11 generations. Robert Caton Sr. (born c. 1730) owned a plantation near the Potomac River, in the area that became part of Stafford or King George counties. He served in the British Army and remained loyal to the Crown during the Revolution, likely because he was benefitting from the status quo. But his sons John (b. 1760) and Robert Jr. (1761-1815) embraced the revolutionary cause and joined the Continental Army in 1775. After the Revolution, Robert Jr. and John settled in New York State, where they both settled into lives as farmers and preachers – Robert as a Quaker, and John as a Baptist. It is known that Robert Sr. likely lost his plantation on the Potomac during the Revolution, and was living in Culpeper County – with his one remaining slave – as late as 1787.

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The army of Maj. Gen. Ambrose Burnside camped in Warrenton prior to the Battle of Fredericksburg. In this photo, taken on Nov. 10, 1862, are standing (from left): Brig. Gen. Marsena M. Patrick, Brig. Gen. Edward Ferrero, Brig. Gen. John B. Parke, an aide, Maj. Gen. Burnside, Brig. Gen. John Cochrane and Brig. Gen. Samuel D. Sturgis. Seated, from left: Brig. Gen. Henry C. Hunt, Brig. Gen. Winfield S. Hancock, Maj. Gen. Darius N. Couch, Brig. Gen. Orlando B. Willcox and Brig. Gen. John Buford. Courtesy of John Q. Piper of Hume, a great-great-grandson of Gen. Sturgis.

in the abolition of slavery and became a private in Company F of the 142nd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry on Aug. 12, 1862, when the Petroleum Guards was incorporated into the regiment. His wife had died a year before, leaving him with two minor sons, William and Emanuel. But he felt so strongly in the cause that he enlisted, and a guardian was appointed to take care of the boys during his absence. Martin joined the 142nd a week after his brother, and on Aug. 25, 1862 left his wife Susannah (1830-1911) and their five children, ages five months to 14 years, to go to war. At the time, the family owned three properties around Somerset, which they farmed. Martin’s reason to fight was different; he answered the call in order to do his part to preserve the Union. Since he was able to read and write, he was elected a sergeant in Company F of the 142nd. About half of the regiment was made up of recent German immigrants. Commanding the regiment was Col. Robert Cummins, a veteran of the war who had led the first group of Somerset volunteers as captain of Co. A, 10th Regiment, Pennsylvania Reserve Corps. After its initial organization, equipping and training, the 142nd was sent by train to Washington, D.C., where they constructed fortifications for Fort Stephens, outside of the capital. The regiment first saw the effects of war in September when they were 32

moved to Frederick, Md., following the Battle of Antietam. There, they set up army field hospital tents and tended to the wounded through late October 1862. Assigned to the First Corps, Army of the Potomac, the 142nd advanced toward the Confederate army, which had pulled back into Virginia. Crossing the Potomac River at Berlin, Va. (presentday Lovettsville), they continued south toward Warrenton. They soon received word that Pres. Lincoln had replaced Gen. George B. McClellan with Gen. Ambrose Burnside as the commander of the Army of the Potomac. Burnside’s strategy was to end the war by capturing Richmond, and planned to launch his attack on the Confederate capital by first taking Fredericksburg. The 142nd spent the rest of November bivouacked near Warrenton. There were brief skirmishes along the Hazel River and near Amissville, but no movement toward Fredericksburg until late in the month. FIRST BLOOD: THE BATTLE OF FREDERICKSBURG Following a series of probing actions, Union troops were issued three days rations and ordered to move out on Dec. 11, 1862. Movements were covered by a heavy fog early the following morning, and the 142nd crossed the pontoon bridge over Deep Run Creek.

By 9 a.m. on the morning of Dec. 12, the 142nd formed a line along the Fredericksburg-Bowling Green road. They were deployed in support of an artillery battery on Prospect Hill, facing the Confederate defenses. Col. Cummins, who had been ill and absent from the march, arrived unexpectedly and was given a rousing cheer. At about that moment, a Confederate battery opened fire and exploding shells caused the first combat casualties suffered by the 142nd. More would come as the regiment crossed the RF&P railroad tracks and charged up the higher ground as the Confederates pulled back. Ordered to fix bayonets and charge, they actually broke through the Confederate lines. It was during the charge that Pvt. Elias Caton was shot in the chest and killed. But the attack soon slowed, and Rebels under Gen. “Stonewall” Jackson counter-attacked. In the fierce fighting that followed, waves of Confederates tore into the Union flank. Although the officer in command of the reserves was ordered by Gen. George Meade to send his men into battle to support them, he refused, and the 142nd and other units on the line were driven back. “That was when the battle could have turned,” according to Joseph Caton. “Right at that moment.” A letter written to the family by Lt. Joseph Heffley of Co. F of the 142nd described the desperate situation, and the death of Elias: “About two miles below Fredericksburg, while the Regiment was advancing on the Rebel works under heavy fire… Elias Caton was hit in the breast and fell. The Regiment still advanced about 100 yards, and after some firing, was ordered back, and when it came past where Elias Caton was lying, we found him dead.” His body was not recovered, and it is assumed that he was buried in a mass grave by the Confederates. The 142nd suffered nearly 50 percent casualties in the battle, with losses due to death, wounds or capture totaling 243 men. Sgt. Martin Caton survived the battle, which became known as the “Slaughter Pen,” due to the number of casualties on both sides. The regiment fell back to a position west of the ravine they had occupied two days before, and on the night of Dec. 15, 1862, retreated across the pontoon bridge. They camped about Warrenton Lifestyle

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Below: Winter quarters of the 142nd Pennsylvania Volunteers during 1862-63 were at Belle Plain on the Rappahannock River east of Fredericksburg. It was a major Union supply depot during the Civil War.

Above: Painting of the scene that became known as the ‘Slaughter Pen’ during the Battle of Fredericksburg where the 142nd suffered nearly 50 percent casualties, including Pvt. Elias Caton, brother of Sgt. Martin Caton. Shown in foreground are members of the 151th Pennsylvania (Zouaves), which also suffered many casualties in the battle.

two miles from the river before moving to the Union supply depot at Belle Plain Landing, where they set up winter quarters. Their respite would be brief, as in January they had to endure Burnside’s infamous “Mud March” on Richmond. After a month, the 142nd returned to Belle Plain, and in February, Burnside resigned his command and was replaced by Gen. Joseph Hooker. In early May, the 142nd participated in the closing actions of the Battle of Chancellorsville. They captured over 100 Confederate soldiers and killed about 20, suffering no casualties. From May 7 until June 12, 1863, the 142nd was in quarters below Falmouth, Va. and at White Oak Church. When it was learned that Gen. Robert E. Lee was planning to invade their home state of Pennsylvania, they were ordered north, marching along the Orange & Alexandria Railroad to Bealeton Station. THE 142ND AT GETTYSBURG The arduous pace lasted through the last half of June, and the 142nd arrived in Jefferson, Md. on June 26, 1863. In the meantime, the Confederates had invaded York and Chambersburg, Pa., and had set out for the capital at Harrisburg, and ultimately Philadelphia. Gen. George Meade had been put in command of the Army of the Potomac in late June, and ordered the First, Third and Eleventh Corps to meet the approaching enemy at Gettysburg. 34

On July 1, 1863, the 142nd and other units in the brigade commanded by Col. Chapman Biddle were about seven miles from Gettysburg when the battle began. Marching double-time, they reached the scene at about 11 a.m. Moving under enemy fire, they approach the crest of McPherson’s Ridge, where they were taken under artillery fire by the 47th and 52nd North Carolina. Under orders by Brig. Gen. T. A. Rowley, who was reportedly drunk at the time, Col. Biddle launched an attack on the North Carolinians, but was beaten back. When four fresh Confederate brigades joined the action, the 142nd retreated through Gettysburg toward Cemetery Hill. Scattered and pursued by the Rebels, Sgt. Martin Caton and several of his comrades were captured in the town. For them, the battle was over, but for the rest of the regiment, the fighting continued for two more days. The Union army was ultimately victorious, but by the time the battle was over, the 142nd suffered 141 killed or wounded, and 70 missing or captured. Among those killed was Col. Cummins, who was mortally wounded during the futile charge against the 47th North Carolina and died the next day. The Union army pursued Lee’s army south, passing through Middleburg, Va., where they camped for two days. “As a retaliatory measure for the Confederate army’s treatment of the people of York, Pennsylvania, the citizens of Middleburg

were required to furnish the men of the 142nd and the other companies of Biddle’s brigade with fresh bread,” according to James W. Downey in his Master of Arts thesis, “A Lethal Tour of Duty,” submitted to Indiana University of Pennsylvania (1995). After leaving Middleburg, the 142nd marched to Warrenton, where they established a camp and assisted in the repair of the O&ARR tracks to Remington Station. IMPRISONMENT AND PAROLE In the meantime, Sgt. Martin Caton and nine other Union prisoners were marched south into Maryland with the Confederate rear guard, and then down the Shenandoah Valley. They passed through Winchester to Staunton, where they were put on a train headed to Richmond. The prisoners arrived in Richmond on July 22, and stayed briefly at the Castle Thunder prison before being taken to the Belle Isle prison in the James River. A fellow prisoner, Sgt. Jacob J. Zorn, noticed that Martin was ill, and convinced the Confederate surgeon at the camp that Martin’s sickness was contagious, and that he should be paroled. Martin was called to meet with the surgeon, and fainted in front of him. “The two men got paroles immediately, and were sent on a train to City Point,” according to Joseph Caton. “The parole agreement stated that they would not Warrenton Lifestyle

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During the first day of the Battle of Gettysburg, members of the 142nd Pennsylvania Volunteers were pushed back into the town after the unsuccessful charge against a Confederate position on McPherson’s Ridge. Sgt. Martin Caton was among those captured.

be combatants anymore.” They were confined at Camp Parole near Annapolis, Md. for two months awaiting a prisoner exchange, which did not happen. Tired of waiting, in October 1863, they simply walked out of the camp and returned to their regiment, paying a $30 fine for deserting the parole camp. Sgts. Caton and Zorn served on active duty for the rest of the war. During the Battle of the Wilderness in May 1864, Martin was badly wounded in the forearm. He was evacuated by hospital ship to Carver Hospital in Washington, D.C. and later taken by

Martin Caton, photographed late in his life. 36

train to the 4,000-bed Mower U.S. Hospital in Chestnut Hill, Pennsylvania, outside of Philadelphia. Martin was discharged from the hospital on June 4, 1864, and given a month’s leave to return to his family and recuperate. It was a bittersweet time, as less than a week before he got home, Susannah had been forced to sell one of their farms in order to have money to live on. He returned to his regiment on July 11, 1864, and over the next eight months participated in a series of battles during the Petersburg Campaign. It was while he was at Petersburg that his nephew, William Caton, 13-year-old son of Elias, caught up with the regiment. He wanted to enlist, hoping to avenge his father’s death. William was actually too young to serve, but stayed with the unit for about two months before being sent home at Martin’s insistence. The last battle fought by the 142nd was on April 1, 1865, at Five Forks. An overwhelming force under Union Gen. Phil Sheridan defeated the troops under Gen. George Pickett, and cut the last Confederate supply line to Gen. Robert E. Lee’s army. Martin was present at the surrender of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia at Appomattox Court House on April 9, 1865, and his brigade was tasked with collecting the weapons and equipment surrendered by the Confederates. From there, they

participated in a march through the streets of Richmond, and then on to the Grand Review that took place in Washington, D.C. on May 23, 1865. They were mustered-out on May 29, 1865, and the 142nd boarded a train for Harrisburg, their last movement as an organized unit. From there, Martin headed home. But what awaited him there? Because it cost more in taxes and hired labor than their farm could produce, the previous February Susannah had been forced to sell their last piece of property. With nothing to keep them in Pennsylvania, Martin and his family moved to Blue Grass in Fulton County, Indiana near the home of Susannah’s brother, Noah Dively. The Catons lived in a chicken coop owned by Martin’s employer until they got back on their feet. The situation improved after Martin got a job as a schoolteacher, and resumed farming. He also put his skills as a negotiator to work, building a second career as a mediator. According to family tradition, Martin would often mediate his neighbors’ disputes at his kitchen table. His health failing, in 1906 Martin was admitted to the National Military Home in Grant County, Indiana, where he died of kidney failure in August 1908. He was buried in the Salem Cemetery in Fulton County, Indiana. Part 2, to be published in December, deals with the life and military service of Sgt. Enos Cook Kennedy, who served in the 8th Illinois Cavalry. His regiment had picket duty along the Rappahannock River, camped at Melrose Castle and outside of Warrenton, and fought at Beverly Ford and the epic cavalry battle at Brandy Station.

Author John Toler is a writer and historian and has served Fauquier County for over 50 years, including 4 decades with the Fauquier-Times Democrat. He has written and lectured about many legendary characters in Fauquier County’s history. Toler is the co-author of 250 Years in Fauquier County: A Virginia Story, and author of Warrenton, Virginia: A History of 200 Years. Warrenton Lifestyle

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Have you ever had days when you didn’t feel on your game? Maybe you felt tired, drained of energy, a little foggy, or angry for no reason? We all have tough days, but what happens when those feelings seem to be an everyday occurrence? We often hear from patients, especially those in their late 40s and early 50s, they just don’t feel like themselves. Women will say, ‘I’m usually so easygoing, but recently, I’m snapping at my husband and kids for no reason.’ Men, on the other hand, complain of fatigue, apathy, and weight gain. ‘I just don’t have energy to exercise,’ they say. And men and women alike often say they can’t remember the last time they had a good night’s sleep. 38


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levels are low, our body is potentially missing out on all the important benefits these hormones provide—like promoting cell growth and maintenance and protecting against osteoporosis and stroke. It’s important to get these hormones back into balance and at their optimal levels to support our bodies as we age. THE EFFECTS OF STRESS AND DIET

One factor that often is tied to hormone issues is adrenal stress. The adrenals are endocrine glands located above the kidneys. They are probably best known for secreting the hormone adrenaline, which is responsible for preparing the body to spring into action in a stressful situation. You’re familiar with the term ‘fight or flight’? That is the job of the adrenals. Stress can take on a variety of forms, including emotional stress or an internal stressor like a toxin. In response to stress, these organs activate their fight-or-flight response and work tirelessly to reduce the stress-causing agent. Being in this constant state of alert is hard on the adrenal glands and can ultimately lead to adrenal fatigue. Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) and a variety of adaptogenic herbs can be used to restore and recharge the adrenal glands. As mentioned, toxins can cause the adrenals to work overtime, which is why nutrition and lifestyle changes are often the first step to addressing hormone issues. Not only that, but the adrenal glands produce the hormone cortisol, which regulates your metabolism or how you process food into energy. Another important endocrine gland is the thyroid. Located in the neck, the thyroid gland produces its own set of hormones (commonly known as T3 and T4), which help to control how the body uses energy. Having inadequate levels of thyroid hormones also can lead to an imbalance of the sex hormones. This is why adrenal and thyroid issues often are addressed first as part of any hormone treatment.


When it comes to diagnosing a hormone imbalance, symptoms are just one piece of the puzzle. Even so-called


“classic” menopause symptoms in women can overlap. An above-normal level of one hormone can produce the same symptoms as a below-normal level of another. Plus, there are more than 50 hormones produced by the human body. That’s why lab tests are essential to determining a patient’s hormone levels. A simple saliva test can indicate which hormone levels are low (or high), so a prescriber can develop a specific treatment plan. Hormone replacement therapy is one option that can be used to help restore hormones to more optimal levels. TYPES OF HORMONE THERAPY

It’s important to know that all hormone replacement therapy is not the same. There are two main types of hormones used in hormone replacement therapy: synthetic (also known as conventional) hormones and bio-identical hormones. Some prescribers still tend to favor commercial products such as Premarin, Prempro, and Celestin. These patented synthetic products are manufactured in a lab and contain chemicals not normally found in the human body. Premarin, for example, is produced using a pregnant horse’s urine. These manufactured products mimic some, but not all, roles of human hormones. And, because these molecules contain elements unknown to the human body, the body can perceive them as foreign substances and have a negative reaction to them. Most synthetic hormones are delivered orally, meaning a tablet or capsule, both of which are not well absorbed by the body and have to be metabolized by the liver. This often means taking more of the medication to get the desired effect. Bio-identical hormones are derived from soy or yams and are identical to those found in the human body.

Their molecular structure allows them to perform the same physiological functions and produce the same benefits as human hormones. And, because they are custom-prepared by a compounding pharmacy, they can be made in a variety of dosage forms, including vaginal suppositories or topical creams or gels, which all provide excellent absorption and bypass the liver. THE GOAL OF HORMONE THERAPY

Once a patient is diagnosed with a hormone imbalance, a physician can prescribe individualized doses of bioidentical hormones. The goal of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT for short) is not to replicate the hormone levels of a 25-year-old in a 45-year-old’s body. Instead, the goal is to restore lost hormones in order to optimize the body’s function and minimize symptoms. That’s done by replenishing only those hormones that are necessary. Lifestyle modification and optimizing nutritional supplements also are an important component of any successful hormone therapy treatment. The old adage of low and slow is very true in hormone therapy. Most prescribers will start low and use only the amount of hormones necessary to achieve the desired effect, slowly making adjustments in the dosing until that happens. This process can take up to three to six months, although some patients start to see improvements within the first few weeks. You can learn more about BHRT by downloading our BHRT Guide for Patients, available at www. wecarepharm.com. Our pharmacy also offers free BHRT consultations to help determine if you may have a hormone imbalance. Call the pharmacy at (540) 428-7002 to schedule a consultation with our pharmacist.

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The process took about 45 minutes and went without a hitch. However, I did notice while reading through some of the fine print agreements, that Microsoft is asking for more control than before. That is a bit unsettling. When starting the new Windows, my screen was instantly filled with a logo that looks like light coming through a window. The desktop looks a lot like Windows 8.1, but this time,

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Last but not least, with Windows 10, Microsoft wants to bring all your devices together with one comfortable look, feel, and user interface. It will work on laptops, desktops, phones, all-in-ones, gaming PCs, 2-in-1, and even Raspberry Pi devices! Perhaps some day in the future, things like your microwave, home security, and car navigation system may operate under Windows 10. This reminds me of the joke about why Windows shouldn’t be used for the car’s main system. I’d hate to see during a crash

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veteran GENERAL ALTON D. SLAY by Rebekah Grier Leading us into his lovely tiled foyer with sweeping staircase and memorabilia-filled walls, retired fourstar General Alton D. Slay immediately began talking about veterans, the purpose of our visit, and lapsed into describing the importance of Armistice Day before shaking his head and chuckling, “I keep calling it Armistice Day. Veterans Day.” Armistice Day was established on November 11, 1918, after the cease of hostilities of World War I. In May 1954, it was officially retitled and repurposed by President Eisenhower to become the day that we honor all veterans — what we now know as Veterans Day. Perhaps somewhat ironically, General Alton Slay was born on Armistice Day, November 11, in 1924 — only six years after World War I November 2015

ended. He was already 30 years old before the national holiday was renamed to what many of us have known our whole lives. Despite his numerous and fascinating commands, missions, and assignments, when asked about being featured for this article, General Slay’s response was, “You don’t want to feature me, you’ll be bored to tears. There are so many other much more interesting veterans.” Ninety-one years old this month, General Slay has almost 9,000 hours of flying time in Air Force aircraft and has flown every fighter and attack aircraft type in the USAF inventory from the P-40 to the F-16 — over 200 different airplanes. He served in the Air Force during World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and the Cold War

before retiring as a four-star general with numerous awards and recognitions in February of 1981. When asked about his life as a young boy, Slay replied with, “Well, let

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me tell ya.” Despite the span of several generations between his days as a child and a young man until now, General Slay described that when he recently sat down to write his autobiography at the request of his wife, he found that “all of that is extremely sharp in my memory.” Alton Davis Slay was born the youngest of three children to Melvin and Zelma Slay, a farming family in the devotedly-Baptist community of Crystal Springs, Mississippi — or what he described as the “hardscrabble hill country.” Growing up during the Great Depression, Slay’s family “didn’t have two nickels to rub together, but we grew everything that we needed to eat. It was good experience for me,” Slay described. Young Slay was working on the farm as soon as he could walk. His father used to affectionately describe him as “earning a living when he was eight years old.” Slay bought all his own school books and saved his 8 and 10 cents an hour from various jobs for his first big purchase — an $18 Winchester 22 pump action rifle. It still works and is displayed proudly in his home. When World War II started, Slay’s older brother, Floyd, who was four years his senior, enlisted and eventually graduated from flying school in 1940; he started flying large planes like the B-24. With the encouragement of his brother and the weight of the war heavy on his heart, Slay enlisted as soon as he was eighteen. In 1942, Slay boarded a train for basic soldier training, leaving his sweetheart of two years and future wife, Jean, waving goodbye on the platform. Slay’s intention, ever since the war started, was firm, “I knew from

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the time the war started that as soon as I was old enough, what I wanted to do was enlist and go through basic soldier training, which I did, and get my application in for flying cadets.” But after graduation from basic soldier training, Slay’s application for flying cadets was rejected because he didn’t have two years of college. Undaunted, Slay finally convinced a Major in the AAF that he should be allowed to participate in the new College Training Detachment (CTD) program. Evidently making a good case, Slay was assigned to the CTD in Chattanooga, Tennessee. After four months of 12-hour days, Slay graduated with a two-year college proficiency and joined the Flying Cadet School. Only a few days after graduating from Flying Cadets in February of 1944, Slay and Jean married. For many years into his service, Slay continued to further his education, eventually earning two degrees from George Washington University and becoming a graduate of the Harvard University Advanced Management program. The first fighter plane Slay ever flew was the P-40. “Looking back on it, it was probably a miserable fighter, but I enjoyed it,” Slay said. His favorite thing about flying? “Flying,” Slay answered without hesitation. After graduating and working for a time as an AT-6 instructor pilot, Slay eventually talked his way into flying with the P-40 squadron. Although Slay was itching to go overseas as a P-40 pilot, the AAF decided to give all the P-40s to the Free French Air Force, making that impossible. Flying with the P-47s, Slay was convinced he would receive a combat assignment in that aircraft. But that, too, didn’t happen and Slay never saw overseas combat in World War II. Prior to being promoted to the rank of General Officer, Slay held many and various types of assignments such as: Group Commander, Squadron Commander, Fighter Wing Director of Operations, Major Command Director of Flying Safety, Group Combat Operations Officer, Squadron Operations Officer, Wing Standardization and Evaluation Chief, Jungle Survival School Chief, Research and Development Manager and, of

course, fighter pilot, interceptor pilot, and high altitude reconnaissance aircraft pilot. One of Slay’s most dangerous moments in the air that he remembers, was actually when he was a Lieutenant Colonel flying a T-33 over the Alabama border. Caught in a tornado with “turbulence like you would not believe,” the engine flamed out. Slay told his co-pilot, Bob Taylor, to eject. While trying to get the engine restarted, the fuel chamber exploded and the whole back of the plane tore off. Slay ejected at 14,000 feet and a descent that should have taken only three to four minutes took over half an hour because of the updrafts that kept pulling him skyward. Three panels in his parachute were ripped out by the strong winds, but Slay, face bloodied, managed to make it to the ground and finally stumbled upon a cabin and civilians that were able to help him. Even when he was promoted to the officer ranks, Slay didn’t serve anywhere where he didn’t fly. “One thing that was extremely important to me — was flying,” he said. As the Group Combat Operations Officer for the 8th Fighter Bomber Wing during the Korean War, Slay flew the F-86 in dozens of missions. Years later in Southeast Asia as a Major General in charge of the 7th Air Force Air Operations, Slay flew 181 combat missions in F-4s and A-37s. At that rank, he wasn’t expected to do as much flying — but Slay’s Commander knew of it and still never said anything. Slay’s philosophy was then and is now, “You should try not to tell people what to do and how to do it unless you know how, unless you do it, and they see that you do.” Slay flew all the fighter wings in Southeast Asia and experienced his most dangerous mission when flying a F-4 he was hit and the whole back end of the plane was blown off. He still managed to land. When Slay was promoted to Major while in Korea and given his first tour in the Pentagon, Slay, embarrassed, asked the Lieutenant Colonel Group Commander, “Sir, where is the Pentagon?” The Lieutenant Colonel just put his head down on his desk and said, “And to think that I recommended you for promotion.” Even while Warrenton Lifestyle

General Slay, Commander, Air Force Systems Command, 1979 - 1981. serving in the Pentagon as a Major, Slay continued flying. As a Major he flew the F-102 and, always the smooth talker, managed to talk his way into flying the F-104 as well. In two later Pentagon tours as a General Officer, Slay flew the A-10s, F-4s, and F-15s. After flying several-dozen classified high-altitude RB-57F missions as a Reconnaissance Wing Commander in Germany, Slay was promoted to General and moved up to the Headquarters of the United States Air Force, Europe. Working as Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans and Operations, Slay was approved to fly the F-4 “sitting alert,” which means flying with a nuclear weapon at low altitudes. “It was a very interesting mission. Extremely dicey. It was an interesting time,” Slay said. A sampling of Slay’s other officer assignments included: Commander of the Air Force Systems Command, Vice Commander of the Air Training Command, Commander of the Air Force Flight Test Center (where he got to fly into space before there was such thing as spacecraft), Commander of Lowry Air Force Training Center, and Head of Operations for the joint Operational Command in Vietnam. When asked about the highlights of his 39-year military career, Slay responded, “I did everything that I wanted to do.” November 2015

In speaking about which commands were his favorite, Slay said, “I can’t really answer, I liked them all. I really did. I had a lot of others that I enjoyed and a lot that I didn’t particularly enjoy; it’s hard to enjoy something when you see the tracers coming right at your eyeballs,” he explained, laughing. “I spent a lot of my life dodging bullets of one kind or another,” Slay said after describing the time he was caught looping around a bridge over the Ohio river by an instructor pilot from his squadron who happened to be driving over the bridge at the time. After telling the story of his flight in the SR-17 Blackbird where both engines “unstarted,” Slay responded to the question of whether or not he is an adrenaline junkie by saying, “My adrenaline never flowed all that well. I was just up there doing something I was qualified to do. I enjoyed flying. I had a little bit of my hair standing up on the back of my neck when missiles were flying at me, and saw people shooting at me in different places. But being scared? I don’t think I was ever scared.” In Slay’s last job before retirement, as a four-star general, he was responsible for an annual budget of over 21 billion dollars, with 130 billion in outstanding contracts. But Slay was still flying single-seat, F-15s the day before he retired. Out of all the 200+ aircraft he’s flown over his career, Slay revealed that his two favorites are the F-86 and F-15. Slay’s longtime friend, Lieutenant General Aloysius Casey, retired, said of his friend, “He was a brilliant Air Force general known for his excellent combat leadership and major contributions to the finest fighter aircraft in the world. During the Vietnam War he not only understood every detail of the aircraft and weapons he directly controlled in operations, but he personally flew many missions in the the highestthreat areas against the most critical targets. His contributions to the design and development of the F-15 and F-16 fighters in the late 70’s and 80’s resulted in establishing the U.S. Air Force as the dominant air power in the world.” Post-retirement, Slay started his second career, an engineering firm, Slay

Enterprises, Inc., that he led for 28 years. SEI consulted with government contractors for systems engineering, risk management, test planning, and systems engineering training for military-related development, engineering, and production activities. Slay has been a hard man to slow down. Before starting treatment for blood cancer within just the past two years, he ran in marathons all over the country (27 in total) as well as participating in the Virginia Senior Games and the National Senior Games for cycling. Slay won gold medals for both the 10K and 20K at the Virginia Senior Games in 2002 and 2003; won gold for the 5K and 20K at the Virginia Senior Games in 2004, 2006, 2007, and 2010; and won four gold medals at cycling events in the 2005 National Senior Games. He loves woodworking and has made many exquisite pieces for not only his own home, but for family and friends as well. Slay has also been a member of The Fauquier Club for a number of years and very seldom misses a Tuesday meeting and luncheon. When asked about what he is most proud of in his entire 91 years, Slay pointed upstairs to where his wife, Jean, was working and took a few moments before saying, “Getting Jean.” From a veteran generation quickly disappearing, General Slay’s service is only one of millions that we should honor and be thankful for this November 11. When asked about all that he did and experienced during some of the most difficult periods of recent American history, Slay swiveled in his office chair, a tiny squeak emerging, and said, “There were no difficult parts of my life, I’ve enjoyed every minute of it.”

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Who would have thought that a small, rural community like Fauquier County would support a symphony orchestra? Twenty years ago, Michael Hughes, now Conductor Emeritus of the Piedmont Symphony, decided to take a bold step. He knew there were many gifted musicians in the area, and thought that the community was more sophisticated than was widely supposed. He put together a group of talented players, and in the spring of 1996 the orchestra gave its first performance. That summer, the group formed a Board of Directors and announced a season. “There were 40-45 people involved,” said Hughes. “None of us knew any better. But amazingly, the orchestra succeeded, and grew.” The Piedmont Symphony Orchestra is now celebrating its 20th anniversary. The final concert of the 2014-15 season was held on a Sunday in June. This next season “will be the season of giving back to the community,” said Glenn Quader, PSO Musical Director, of the upcoming 20th anniversary year. “We are going to reprise some of our most popular artists and performances. And for starters, we’re going to field what I call ’20 for 20,’ a series of ‘flash mob’ performances staged in downtown Warrenton and other locations, like the library. Some we’ll announce; some not. We’ll do one in December at the hospital especially for the sick kids, and sponsor a toy drive to go along with it.” 50

The orchestra’s first concert of the season will bring back a favorite artist, pianist Rachel Franklin, performing Grieg’s Piano Concerto. The program will also include Saint Saen’s Organ Symphony No. 3 and Rimsky Korsakov’s majestic Procession of the Nobles. December will continue the orchestra’s tradition of holiday favorites. The orchestra’s principal cellist, James Floury, will perform in the first half of the program. Conductor Emeritus Michael Hughes will take the podium during the second half, a presentation of a magical animated film about a small boy and his enchanted snowman. February brings back elements of two of PSO’s most popular events, a pair of rock shows: Nights in White Satin and Floating World. The April concert presents the area’s up-and-coming young musicians and artists in the popular annual Young Artists Competition. This year’s art-work theme is The Firebird, and Quader plans to incorporate 3-D glasses for viewing the pictures as they stream over the stage. A reprise of the enormously popular instrument petting zoo is planned for the day before the performance. May brings the last concert of the subscription season. Hughes and Quader will start the program conducting the Broadway and Hollywood music everyone loves. The second half brings a landmark event to the PSO stage — a work commissioned especially for the orchestra by Emmy-award-winning composer John Wineglass. Audience favorite violinist Amy Beth Horman will star as soloist. In tandem with the performance, Quader plans a Master Class with Horton and Wineglass, including a Round table discussion on how a work like the one in performance is created. And finally, a celebratory gala is planned for June. A grand historic retrospective of the orchestra with a slide show will be followed by the overwhelmingly popular Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, with choral music performed by singers from the county’s church choirs. Constance Lyons is a local freelance writer who has published hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles, a non fiction book, Trend Setters: The Making of the Modern Irish Setter, and a young adult trilogy, Evil Gran. Warrenton Lifestyle





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privileged to cultivate local professionals and avocational accomplished musicians to help us build to where we are today. Our membership is a very committed group and performs with more fire, heart and soul than nearly any ensemble I have worked with in my entire career. WL: TELL US ABOUT YOUR HISTORY WITH MUSIC. GQ: My journey to arrive with the PSO is not the conventional route one normally takes to train to be a conductor. While I grew up in a classically-rich musical family with many instrumentalists, my interests were far outside those set boundaries. My parents listened to the best Soul and R & B of the day, so I definitely grew up on urban music. I think, deep down, that is what made me gravitate to my two main instruments, the saxophone and bass. I paid my dues in competitive school programs including orchestra and was often in the county honors ensembles on a couple of instruments. I also played cello in the Prince William Symphony eons ago. A classical core was always at the root of my musical influences and I completed two degrees towards that end of the spectrum. I do know that the varied influences I have enjoyed have helped me to connect music as a total language. To me, all genres are inseparable. WL: HOW IS THE ORCHESTRA MARKING ITS 20TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON? GQ: We are bringing back some of our favorite artists and programs. We’re also holding several free performances around the area as our schedules permit. There’s also plans of a massive regional production of, let’s just say, a major work of universal recognition. Fingers crossed,

this will be the real icing on the cake for our 20th anniversary season. Sorry I can’t say more for now! WL: WHAT TYPE OF EXPERIENCE CAN PEOPLE EXPECT AT A PSO CONCERT? GQ: Patrons will see and feel the emotion of the music in the orchestra from the outset. It is impossible not to be swept up into the swirling sound and full force of the PSO. One also never knows if they’re in for a surprise special guest, or unannounced selections at any given PSO concert. We always aim to bombard your senses. That we can promise. Our loyal audiences have come to expect this from us. WL: WHAT DO YOU HOPE AUDIENCES TAKE AWAY FROM A PSO CONCERT? GQ: I hope it inspires them to pick up an instrument they may have played as a kid, or just decide to learn how to play one for the first time. I hope they long for a time when families gathered in song on a weekly basis, and music was a means of celebrating, even healing. I just hope that they become enveloped into the intent and sincerity of the people on stage working to deliver a riveting experience that will awaken their curiosity to come to the next concert.

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The Athey Fields are located behind the Warrenton Aquatics and Recreational Facilities (WARF) and are often referred to as the WARF fields or the Warrenton Rec Center. The fields, however, were actually named after a real estate developer who served Warrenton in a number of capacities, including council member, and who passed in 2006 – Stephen L. Athey. The 68.5 acre complex includes a skate park, five full-size soccer fields, two smaller soccer fields, paved walking trails and a new outdoor volleyball court. Hundreds of Fauquier County and Town of Warrenton residents visit Athey each day. Soccer practices are in full swing every night of the week. “It isn’t uncommon during prime seasons of the year — spring and fall — to have more than 1,000 of our youth players using the fields each week,” says the Fauquier County Soccer Club (FCSC). Double that number to account for two leagues (the other is the Warrenton Youth Sports Club, or WYSC) of similar size. In 2006, the Warrenton Fields 54

Association (WFA) was established to oversee the management of the Athey Complex fields. Members of the WFA are three representatives from WYSC, three from FCSC and one director-atlarge, Jim Koehr (Warrenton resident and Fauquier County Economic Development Board member). The WFA group meets monthly, shares field maintenance costs, and votes on developments or changes to the complex. FCSC and WYSC have a 50/50 buy-in of the rights to the fields and made the agreement early on to assign half of the fields to WYSC sports and half of the fields to FCSC soccer. Through the WFA contract, WYSC and FCSC have rights to the use and management of the land for twenty years (through 2026), and WFA says it will revisit the Town to negotiate an extended contract. Together, the clubs (through WFA) have contributed over one million dollars to making Athey a reality. WFA says that each club is responsible for its own fields, including closings, assignments, and maintenance.

WYSC’s director says, “These fields are run by non-profit organizations, which are run heavily by volunteers. We always need more volunteers. We want people to get involved. Athey was built by the involvement and commitment of people in the community, and it will be maintained by people getting involved and helping with the planning and decision-making.” Some of the fields are named after local businesses. Hayes says these are sponsors who contribute annually to a portion of the field maintenance. WYSC uses three full size fields. FCSC uses two full size fields named after its sponsors, plus two smaller fields. The complex is one of Warrenton’s most frequented locations. “August through November, the use of fields is maxed out,” says Hayes. “On Saturdays and Sundays, 20 competitive teams and dozens of recreational teams play from sun up to sun down.” Both FCSC and WYSC lease out space to the Fauquier High School girls’ soccer team and other local sports teams in an effort to make the fields available when not already occupied. Warrenton Lifestyle

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Left: The WYSC U-11 boys soccer team coached by Michael King. Below: The FCSC U-10 boys soccer team.

Interested groups should contact WFA to submit a field usage request. Adds Raul Heras, WYSC’s Executive Director, “We have a huge number of families that participate in our sports with multiple children, and families spend most of the day here. Athey is a nice complex where families can spend quality time and enjoy sports together. Athey offers an opportunity for weekends to be a great social event where you see your neighbors, co-workers and friends from the community. We (WYSC) often bring in snow cone, coffee and food trucks to make the day most enjoyable.” The fields are also used for adult soccer leagues. FCSC currently has an organized co-ed adult league, opportunities for certified referees to ref soccer games, and Mommy and Me soccer programs for 18-36 month olds coming to Athey soon, says FCSC. Current field space usage is at an all-time high. Heras says, “We have grown so much that we have maximized our fields.” WYSC reports an all-time-high of 1,500 registered recreation and travel soccer players combined for spring and fall seasons. Coach Michael King has been coaching for two and a half years and is a senior at Liberty High School. He coaches the WYSC U-11 boys travel “Mustangs” soccer team. Coach King has played soccer since he was six years old, and many of those years were spent playing for WYSC. He says, “Athey fields are a great place for kids of all ages and skill levels to come out and enjoy the game together. It’s really amazing to see – everyone enjoying this sport together on these fields, week after week.” Speaking of coaching, King adds, “I love sharing my knowledge and being able to see the players develop from game to game – I feel like I am doing something positive.” Half of the travel games are played on the Athey fields, and teams from all across Northern and Central Virginia 56

come to play Warrenton teams. A few WYSC travel soccer moms shared that when they began visiting soccer fields in neighboring counties for soccer tournaments, they realized Athey fields were in great condition by comparison. They cite the health of the grass, the flat, level playing field and the parking in such close proximity, and express excitement in hosting other teams at Athey because they are so proud of the fields. Current field developments are in consideration. FCSC mentions the idea of adding lights to one of its fields to allow for extended evening playtime. WYSC just added an outdoor volleyball court, with the help of a Make it Happen grant from Fauquier Health Foundation in the amount of $10,000. WYSC also raised nearly $100,000 in addition to this grant to make this development possible. A reseeding of Tepeyac, a FCSC field, was completed this summer as part of a regular maintenance program to keep the fields playable and lush – a project that cost FCSC $25,000. FCSC Board President, Tim Schulke, says “The challenge for soccer in this community has been fields (having enough of them) and the quality of fields. It’s been part of our mission to provide good quality fields. (Years ago and prior to Athey’s existence), we were losing kids to other counties because of problems with fields.” It seems that the Athey complex is a stellar example of what a soccer complex

should and can be here in Fauquier. A WFA spokesperson says, “WFA continues to work with Parks and Recreation in Fauquier County to ensure future fields are in line with what Athey provides. And to serve as a resource to Parks and Rec as they work to improve some of its existing fields.” However, there remains a high standard for these fields, and visions abound. Examples include introducing lights and correct soil amendments and irrigation that would allow the Bermuda fields to thrive in our climate. But most field-goers find the fields to already be above standard. The presence of WFA helps filter these decisions, and WYSC and FCSC operate different fields and retain some level of independence from each other on decisions such as these. Both FCSC and WYSC share their commitment to remain financially stable entities. Heras of WYSC says, “We don’t get into debt. We don’t pay for things that we can’t afford. Our programs are cost-effective to the community and to the club.” FCSC agrees. A ten-foot-high fence is currently being constructed around the WYSC volleyball courts, which are located on the west side of the complex behind the gravel parking lots. WYSC currently boasts 11 organized recreational volleyball teams for 7-9 year olds, 9-11 year olds and 12-17 year olds. WYSC also runs the middle school volleyball program, accounting for ten additional teams – two teams per Fauquier County middle school. An approximate total of 400 youth are registered with WYSC’s volleyball programs, including travel and middle school teams. Practices will be held at indoor school gyms or at the new outdoor volleyball courts, weather permitting. Games will be held at the new courts for local and regional teams. Of the complex, Schulke adds, “We want to make Athey the best soccer complex in this part of the state. There are things we need to do to get there. But overall, Athey has been a success, let’s have more of these!”

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November 2 - November 25 Fauquier County Library Branches This highly popular annual collection of photographs in a historical collage is prominently displayed at all three library locations in Fauquier County. Each photo will be accompanied by a caption identifying the veteran, the year, location of the photo if available, and the relationship and name of the person submitting the photo. Call (540) 4228500 for more information.

November 11 at 11am Fauquier Hospital, 500 Hospital Drive, Warrenton Gather on Hospital Hill to take part in this annual ceremony honoring our nation’s veterans and active military!


November 7 at 9am Fauquier High School, 705 Waterloo Road, Warrenton The Well Run Race is a community event intended to celebrate the life of Chris Dove, a life-long resident of Warrenton, an avid runner, and an active member of the community, until his “race the earth” ended September 2005. Our hope is that The Well Run Race will not only honor the memory of Chris, but carry forth the spirit and desire to empower the people of the community to live their lives fully and run their personal races well! With great prizes, iconic t-shirts, and a great postrace party at Rady Park, this is an event you don’t want to miss! Race proceeds will go directly to helping Young Life Fauquier County. Register online at wellrunrace.org GENEALOGY WORKSHOP

November 7 from 9:30am to 3:30pm 91 Main Street, Warrenton This free workshop will include a continental breakfast and a warm lunch, however reservations are required. Featured speaker, SAR Genealogist General John Sinks, PhD, will speak about “Discovering Who Was a Culpeper Minute Man” over the lunch hour. Other speakers will also cover topics on research and documentation. Contact Cat Schwetke at catbaskets@ hotmail.com or at (540) 272-8802 for more information or to reserve your spot. 58


November 16 - November 23 Fauquier County Library Branches Stop by any of the three Fauquier County Public Libraries during normal business hours and children ages fouryears-old and older who complete the Thanksgiving scavenger hunt earn a small prize! ANNUAL REMINGTON 5K TURKEY TROT

November 21 at 10am M.M. Pierce Elementary School, 12074 James Madison Street, Remington The Annual Remington 5K Turkey Trot is just around the corner! The ever-coveted Thanksgiving turkeys, pumpkin pies, poinsettias, and ribbons will be awarded to all 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place division winners. Special Category winners, the Overall Female Winner, and the Overall Male Winner will be awarded a special plaque. Preregistration deadline is November 8. After that you may only register at the event. Only those pre-registered are guaranteed a t-shirt. Day of race registrants receive t-shirts while supplies last. Day-of-race registration goes from 8:45 am - 9:45 am. For additional information, call (540) 788-4867 or email southprogrammer@ fauquiercounty.gov. PB SMITH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ANNUAL 5K AND 1 MILE FUN RUN

November 22 at 7:30am Great Meadow, 5089 Old Tavern Road, The Plains Come out and enjoy this day of exercise for the whole family! The children’s 1 mile Fun Run starts at 9:00 am with the longer 5K starting at 9:30 am. Packet

pickup starts at 7:30 am. Proceeds benefit the PTA group for PB Smith Elementary, “Friends of Smith.” Contact Allison Jensen at ajensen@kw.com for more information or to register. 3RD ANNUAL HIGHLAND FOR THE HOLIDAYS

November 22 from 11am to 4pm Highland School, 597 Broadview Avenue, Warrenton Rounding out the weekend of local shopping madness is the fabulous Highland for the Holidays Bazaar. The array of unique merchants selling handselected gifts really is not to be missed. Fine, hand-turned exotic wood bowls, jewelry, holiday decorations, custom cards and stationery, culinary gifts and baked goods, women’s and men’s clothing and accessories, gardening and decorating services, gifts for pets and pet lovers and so much more! Admission is $5 and 100% of proceeds go to the Fauquier Free Clinic and Fauquier Family Shelter. TURKEY TROT VINEYARD TREASURE HUNT

November 27 - November 29 Three Fox Vineyards, 10100 Three Fox Lane, Delaplane Burn off those Turkey Day calories hunting through our vineyard for hidden coupons for complimentary wine tastings, wine, and merchandise discounts! Available normal operating hours. Special prizes for minors. For more information, call (540) 364-6073 or visit threefoxvineyards.com.

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ince my youth, I have been fascinated by the majesty of red barns dotting the countryside of rural America. Was it part of my childhood, when red wagons, ďŹ re trucks, and bicycles were objects of both amusement and affection? Or does the color remind me of the warmth of a Valentine heart, a winter ďŹ replace, delicious ripe fruit, or a stunning sunset? Historians have many interesting theories about the origins of the red color of barns. Some believe it originated in the 1700’s when farmers wanted to preserve the wood of their outbuildings. Before red paint, they mixed flaxseed oil (common on most farms) with ferrous oxide, which helped repel fungus, mold, and moss. This pairing produced a rust color that when combined with lime, milk, and blood from slaughtered animals created a darker red. It is also believed that the red color was influenced by Scandinavian countries, where red paint was cheaper than white. Often, the front of the house was coated with the costlier white to signify wealth, while the remaining

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exterior and adjacent outbuildings were painted in the less-expensive red. This air of affluence may explain why most American homes have been painted white and their separate, subordinate barns have remained red. The nation’s many historic homes, and even the White House, lend credence to this theory. Many homes today retain the custom of the red front door, in a way capturing that sense of richness and coziness at the point of entry. Although brick homes were built for strength and low maintenance, their hue also evoked wealth and warmth. Still, other historians contend that the early Pennsylvania Dutch popularized the color—in barns, bricks, geraniums, and even the reddish Ansbach and Simmental cattle. Searching for barns in my recent travels around Fauquier County, I came upon many beautiful structures (red, white, and everything in between) and their remarkable owners— whose dedication and hospitality exemplify the best of this wonderful community. It is gratifying to see the “repurposing” of barns over the years to store supplies, shelter livestock, enhance wineries, and even accommodate airplanes. It is my pleasure to highlight a few of these treasures I think you will enjoy. Check back next month to learn more about other barns in and around Fauquier. Warrenton resident Chris Primi is a freelance writer and photographer. He is experienced in wedding, fashion, interior, landscape, nature, and aerial photography. He is also a licensed pilot and aviation enthusiast. Previous page: Liberty Farm. Top: The barn at Kindersprings Farm. Middle: Laura Gargagliano Bartee of Kindersprings Farm feeding the horses. Bottom: The old barn at Granite Heights. 62

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Mad Canine Vocalization by Charlotte Wagner

Barking is often used as a way to receive attention from the owner. Try ignoring the dog or walking away until it is quiet, then resume activity or pay attention to reward silence and reinforce the alternate response. 64

Barking is one of the most problematic behaviors for owners to cope with. From an aloof woof to a piercing yip, barking can be annoying, frustrating, and downright exhausting. Dogs use vocalization as a means to alert others of location, danger, distress, and change of environment. Howling allows members to establish contact with the pack. Deeper, more bold voices are used to defend territory from intruders. More high-pitched tones signal distress. When living in a domestic environment, these vocal signals are often unnecessary and disruptive to humans. It is, however, important for us to consider the natural behavioral repertoire of canines and focus on identifying triggers to prevent, manage, and successfully redirect inappropriate barking. Here are some situational suggestions to help teach your dog that silence is golden.

Barking due to overstimulation and excitement Most commonly expressed when the doorbell rings, another dog approaches, you arrive at the park, and when owners come home. This type of barking coincides with high energy, drive, or feeling overwhelmed. Consider rewarding selfcontrol around various triggers and lack of unwanted behavior. Focus on teaching eye contact, sit, stay, and leave commands to better redirect the behavior onto a more appropriate activity. Ensure to reward your dog for good behavior and use management to prevent bad habits from further being expressed. Working on impulse control by breaking down behaviors into multiple smaller steps and building them back up can be a great training tool. Alarm sounding or territorial barking Triggered when dogs perceive a threat due to spacial pressure. This is commonly seen in dogs barking at the window while people pass by, in the car while driving past stimuli, and in the yard when darting along the property or fence line. This type of behavior is offensive in nature and is designed to warn off intruders. In many homes, alarm sounding can be an effective tool. However, teaching a “quiet” or “that’s enough” cue can keep your dog from prolonged barking. Start off by saying your silencing cue, and immediately follow with a tasty treat while there are no distractions present. After multiple repetitions in different environments, try using the silencing cue to get your dog to quiet after a very mild trigger. Quickly praise and feed a few high-value rewards the instant your dog stops barking. Soon, your dog will learn that barking is allowed, however being silent is more rewarding. Continue with the training by slowly increasing the amount of time the dog needs to be quiet before he gets a treat. Warrenton Lifestyle

Top: Canines use vocalization to communicate threat, distress, or locate other pack members. In domestic dogs these behaviors still exist, although the contexts in which they appear may be varied. Bottom: Riley guards his home whenever a car pulls in the driveway. This type of alarm barking is overall encouraged as long as a “quiet” command is taught to stop the behavior.

Attention-seeking behavior Includes barking for contact, praise, play, or food. Most owners reinforce one form or another of attention barking without being fully aware of the principles of conditioning. When your dog loses a toy under the sofa and barks loudly in frustration, and then you grab it — you have reinforced attention barking. Even when you scold your dog while he begs for food — you are giving attention to barking. When the dog wants breakfast and is nearly crawling up the walls with excitement as you prepare the meal — as soon as you’ve fed him, you’ve reinforced attention barking. Barking at the sight of the leash, followed by a walk, also reinforces attention barking.

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 November 2015

For some dogs the solution is to simply ignore them until the behavior stops, and then pay attention to the dog when he gives up and is quiet. However, in more problematic cases where there is a prolonged history of reinforcement to barking, walking out of the room or removal may be necessary. Ideally, the owner leaves the room for a more immediate and effective consequence. When the dog has settled down and has stopped barking, you may continue activity and reenter the area or pay attention to the dog. Separation distress Effects dogs that lack confidence in their owners’ absence. Persistent, highpitch barking, whining, and howling are hallmarks of this behavior problem. Vocalization due to separation distress is not a form of attention seeking, excitement, territory, or nuisance behavior and requires behavior modification. Giving your dog a special chew, bone, or food-filled toy will help build confidence when alone. Turn the radio on, try pheromone sprays, and ensure your dog gets plenty of physical exercise before you leave the home. Keep re-entry low key and initially ignore your dog. In some cases, working with a certified behaviorist will help alleviate the anxiety resulting in a more quiet and relaxed canine, thus resulting in less vocalization. Using punishment to modify barking can be a successful approach for some, but is likely to increase behavior issues due to poor execution and inappropriate use by most owners. Scolding, physical contact, bark collars, and leash corrections can inadvertently draw attention and reinforce the barking. In some situations, mistrust may occur as the dog does not associate the punishment with the behavior (barking comes naturally to them), but is linked to the presence of the owner. Try focusing on what you would like the dog to do instead of barking before considering a more aggressive approach. If your attempts have not been successful, consider hiring a certified trainer to help you further learn how to alter the behavior and communicate training goals to your dog. 65

Fauquier Health Fauquier Hospital Adds Open MRI Fauquier Health has added a high-field open Magnetic Resonance imaging system (MRI) to its list of diagnostic offerings. Patients are already benefitting from the unit’s unique open design which can accommodate patients with a variety of unique needs. The inside of the MRI provides a 270-degree unobstructed view. This helps to minimize anxiety and feelings of claustrophobia and provides a more pleasant environment during an exam. It also allows the patient to have a loved-one or friend nearby for further reassurance. The open design of the system can also alleviate problems for larger patients. The table is 82 centimeters wide (a little over 32 inches), with a 660-pound weight capacity and allows for “iso-center positioning” of the patient, which improves image quality (the anatomy to be scanned can be placed in the true center of the magnet). The new MRI allows the technologist to scan patients in positions that could not be managed in more conventional MRI scanners. This aids in minimizing pain and patient motion (which can affect image quality).

Phil Morris of Warrenton was one of the first patients to experience the open MRI in early October. Morris, 80-years-old, suffers from debilitating back pain. Morris’s wife, Fran, said, “His pain level is terrible. We are going to see a neurosurgeon and he wanted an MRI. We are hoping he’ll be able to get some relief.” Morris cannot use the traditional MRI scanner because he is unable to lie flat on his back, but the open MRI’s flexibility saved the day. Morris said, “The staff helped me lie on my side with the help of cushions and pillows, and I was able to have the scan of my

lower back and right hip. I am grateful for the open MRI, and the staff was absolutely wonderful – the machine wouldn’t be any good without great people!” Mrs. Morris added, “I don’t know how this experience could have been any better.” The open MRI has the technology to make patient exams as quick and smooth as possible. Its imaging power can be used for a variety of scans including orthopedic, neurological and vascular imaging. Patients who feel they could benefit from the open MRI should discuss it with their doctor so the request can be made when scheduling.


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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 • 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.

China Restaurant

Faang Thai Restaurant & Bar

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).

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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(540) 351-1616 • 65 S Third Street clairesrestaurant.com

Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar (540) 341-2044 •105 W Lee Highway applebees.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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Cold Stone Creamery

(540) 428-1005 • 32 Main Street blackbearbistro.com

Restaurant offering local beers and wines, soups and salads, appetizers, and entrees. A wide variety of American food with a twist, woodfired brick oven pizzas, Italian inspired appetizers and desserts. Try the muffaletta sandwich! Also features Sweeney’s Cellar, located one floor below.

Burger King

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Café Torino

(540) 347-2713 • 388 Waterloo Street cafetorinoandbakery.com

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.

Carousel Frozen Treats

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

(540) 349-8077 • 147 Alexandria Pike #101 coldstonecreamery.com

Cold Stone is back at its new location. They offer unique ice cream cones, shakes, smoothies and cakes. Ice Cream is prepared on frozen granite stone. Fun, family environment. Open year round.

Country Cookin’

(540) 349-9120 • 623 Frost Avenue countrycookin.com

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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.

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

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.

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.

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Foster’s Grille

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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China Jade

(703)385-5717 • 251 West Lee Highway

New Orleans-themed bar and restaurant serving fresh seafood, beer, wine and Cajun-style food. Over a dozen large televisions for watching sports and an extensive lineup of musical talent each week make this a great hang out.

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

(540) 347-9791 • 256 W Lee Highway chick-fil-a.com/warrenton

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

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

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.

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

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 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.

Hidden Julles Café

(540) 316-3121 •70 Main Street #22

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

Hunan Café

(540)-680-2302 •41 W. Lee Hwy. #57

An authentic asian cafe offering a wide selection of soups, rice, and noodle dishes.

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

Joe & Vinnie’s (540) 347-0022

385 Shirley Highway - joeandvinniespizza.net

Family owned pizzeria for over 20 years. Offers pizza, subs, pastas, and seafood. Daily lunch specials. Pizza available by the slice.

KFC/Long John Silver

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

Ledo Pizza

(540) 341-8580 8504 Fletcher Drive 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 • littlecaesars.com

Molly’s Irish Pub - (540) 349-5300

Sibby’s Restaurant & Lounge

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.

Sibby’s was voted one of the top BBQ places in Northern Virginia . Catering - Banquet Room. Home of Boss Hawg BBQ

The Natural Marketplace

102 Broadview Avenue • subway.com

36 Main Street • mollysirishpub.com

(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 dairy-free 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

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

Subway - (540) 349-0950 • 41 W Lee Hwy #53 Sunny Hills American Grill 79 Main Street • (540) 351-0550

Restaurant conveniently located on Main Street. Offering breakfast, and burgers, wings, entrees and more for lunch and dinner. Check out their soup du jour as well.

Spitony’s - (540) 347-9669/9666 • 5063 Lee Hwy

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.

(540) 349-5050 • 139 W Lee Highway

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

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

Sweet Frog

Mandarin Buffet & Sushi

Outback Steakhouse - (540) 349-0457

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.

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

Panera Bread - (540) 341-4362

Taco Bell

Papa John’s Pizza - (540) 349-7172

Tippy’s Taco House

LongHorn Steakhouse

(540) 341-1962 •514 Fletcher Drive

Manhattan Pizza

(540) 680-2412 • 177 W Lee Highway

The place to go for a bit of Italy and Greece. You’ll find pizza, calzones, souvlaki, gyros, pasta, salads, and hot and cold subs here. Free delivery.

Manor House Restaurant at Poplar Springs 800-490-7747 •5025 Casanova Rd

The Manor House Restaurant 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. The 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.


(540) 347-7888 •351 Broadview Avenue

McMahon’s Irish Pub & Restaurant (540) 347-7200 • 380 Broadview Avenue 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. Outdoor Patio. Live entertainment. Casual dress.

Mojitos & Tapas

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

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6419 Lee Highway • outback.com

251 W Lee Highway • panerabread.com 322 W Lee Hwy •papajohns.com

Pizza Hut - (540) 347-5444

95 Broadview Avenue • pizzahut.com

Pizzarama - (540) 349-7171

251 W Lee Highway • 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 • 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.

Red, Hot & Blue - (540) 349-7100 8 360 Broadview Avenue • redhotandblue.com

Renee’s Gourmet To Go

(540) 347-2935 • 15 S Third Street

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

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

(540) 341-4206 • 316 W Lee Hwy • tacobell.com (540) 349-2330 • 147 W Shirley Avenue tippystacohouse.com

Mexican restaurant offering different quality specials everyday. Menu offers tacos, burritos, quesadillas, desserts and more. Dine-in or takeout. 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.

Tropical Smoothie Café

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

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.

Vocelli Pizza

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

Waterloo Café

(540) 349-8118 • 352 Waterloo Street

Ruby Tuesday - (540) 341-4912

74 Blackwell Park Ln • rubytuesday.com

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.

Red Zone Bar & Grill - (540) 359-6215

Wendy’s - (540) 347-5528

251 Lee Hwy. #167 • redzonewarrenton.com

Redzone is a great place to dine while watching your favorite sports teams on their large screen televisions that surround the dining room and bar. Or, enjoy a meal on their patio. Redzone is known for their burgers, wraps and extensive appetizer list. Try the Bacon Wrapped Tater Tots and Chicken Fried Rice. Check their schedule for periodic live entertainment.

281 Broadview Avenue • wendys.com

Yen Cheng - (540) 347-4355 • 294 W Lee Highway • 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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Visitors from Arlington Robert and Amy Fischer and Paul and Margaret DiPietra enjoy an afternoon in the vineyard.

Owners, John and Holli Todhunter

THREE FOX VINEYARDS “Leave your troubles at the railroad tracks,� is the inspiration for Three Fox Vineyards in Delaplane. The railroad tracks are at the bottom of the hill before the entrance to this enchanting hilltop vineyard and winery styled on a Tuscan cantina. Three Fox is the realization of a dream by biochemist John Todhunter and his wife, Holli. This 20-year-old winery features several Italian wines not found elsewhere locally, along with some local, familiar wines, like Chardonnay, Viognier and Cabernet Franc. The whites are on the dry side, with the stainless Reserve Chardonnay recommended for grilled chicken and shellfish. The light Pinot Grigio is light but pairs with white pizza, Caesar salads and roasted pork and poultry. The dry Viognier is wonderful with goat cheese, while the Gatto Biano Viognier Chardonnay blend

plays with your tongue and is recommended with seafood. The Sangiovese and Nebbiolo are worth a visit by themselves. The Reserve Sangiovese, while light, pairs with pasta, roast chicken, veal and even lamb. Try the Volpe Sangiovese, blended with Cabernet Franc for a bigger taste. The Nebbiolo is another surprisingly light red with a big taste that should be served with red meat. This is also a wonderful addition to any cellar, as it ages well. Rounding out the reds are the Cabernet Franc, which can be aged up to 10-15 years, the Merlot, which can be sipped with a cigar, and the Chambourcin, which resembles a port but is not fortified. Three Fox welcomes families with children and pets. Everyone is invited to picnic on the hill, by the stream, rest in the hammocks provided, or play with Frisbees, horseshoes or with the cornhole sets.

Steve Oviatt is the former president of the Haymarket Gainesville Business Association and runs his own consulting business in addition to working for a number of local wineries. Steve acknowledges that his daughter has taught him everything he knows about wine. He lives in Catharpin with his wife, Nancy. 70



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